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Hung jury for pair in €2.3m tiger kidnap trial

A JURY has failed to reach a verdict in the retrial of two men convicted of a €2.28m tiger kidnapping robbery.

Mark Farrelly (42) and Christopher Corcoran (66) were alleged to have been in an armed gang that took Securicor worker Paul Richardon's wife and two sons hostage in 2005.

After deliberating for 18 and a half hours, the jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court told judge Martin Nolan they were unable to reach a majority verdict over Farrelly, of Moatview Court, Priorswood, Coolock, and Corcoran, of Bayside Boulevard North, Sutton.

The pair, who had denied false imprisonment and the robbery of €2.28m, were remanded on continuing bail to appear at the same court in January.

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A third defendant, Jason Kavanagh of Corduff Avenue, Blanchardstown, was found guilty. A fourth, Alan Costello, of Cromcastle Road, Coolock, was acquitted on Tuesday.

Discharging the jury on day 50 of the trial, judge Nolan thanked them for their service and described the case as a "long and arduous" one.

Farrelly, Kavanagh and Corcoran were found guilty of the charges in 2009, with Corcoran sentenced to 12 years and the other two for 25 years each.

But the convictions were overturned and a retrial was ordered after the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the type of search warrant used in the investigation into the men was unconstitutional.

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