Tycoon's captors 'got €80k ransom'
THE businessman who mysteriously appeared last week claiming to have been held by a kidnap gang for eight months told his family that his captors demanded a €10m ransom.
It is also understood that international property developer Kevin Michael McGeever (58) claimed the kidnappers took €80,000 from one of his bank accounts as a ransom.
Mr McGeever, who lost at least five stone during his ordeal, is still being treated for malnutrition and dehydration in a private room in Mullingar General Hospital, Co Westmeath.
He is expected to be well enough to be released by the middle of the week when detectives will conduct a formal interview with him as they try to piece together the mystery.
While he is said to be still very confused, he appears to have a degree of clarity about certain aspects of his harrowing experience.
Further details emerged last night that have deepened the mystery of his eight-month disappearance.
A source close to the family said: "He has said that if it wasn't for his spirituality he would not have survived. He is in a terrible way over all of this."
Mr McGeever has told relatives that he was abducted from his mansion in Craughwell, Co Galway, by three armed and masked men last May 27.
He described how he was bound, gagged and hooded before being put into the back of what he described as a "transit van".
"He cannot understand what happened and why," said a source close to the family.
Mr McGeever, originally from Meelick, Co Mayo, believes he was driven for about two hours before the van stopped.
He was then taken from the vehicle and linked by his captors as they walked him down "an incline".
"When he had the hood taken off he realised he was in a shipping container," said the source. "On the walls there were pictures of other men with their names written on them."