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Gardai 'identified €90k tiger kidnap accused', trial told

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Kidnap accused Paschal Kelly

Kidnap accused Paschal Kelly

Kidnap accused Paschal Kelly

A man allegedly involved in a €90,000 tiger kidnapping four years ago was identified by two detectives who had previously arrested him, a court has heard.

Paschal Kelly (52) of Cootehill, Co Cavan, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to trespass and false imprisonment.

It is alleged that he falsely imprisoned postmistress Susan Lawlor, her daughter Emma Carter and Italian student Gabriella Saisa at Seabury Drive, Malahide, Dublin, on September 25, 2014.

Mr Kelly has also pleaded not guilty to robbing Ms Lawlor of cash at Bayside Post Office, Sutton, Dublin, and threatening to kill her, Ms Carter and Ms Saisa at an unknown location in the State. He has also denied unlawful possession of a vehicle, all on the same date.

Detective Chief Superintendent Anthony Howard told Martin O'Rourke SC, defending, that two gardai had identified Mr Kelly as the driver of the car used in the tiger kidnapping after viewing CCTV footage.

He said that he had not been aware at that time that the two detectives had participated in an arrest of Mr Kelly three weeks prior to this discussion and that they had viewed images of Mr Kelly before the operation.

Mr O'Rourke put it to Det Chief Supt Howard that there was no reference anywhere in the evidence to the detectives participating in the arrest as it had been the intention of gardai to bury this fact.

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Det Chief Supt Howard told the court that he rejected this idea in the strongest terms.

The witness also said that holding an identity parade for Mr Kelly was discussed but no such parade took place.

He agreed that a number of witnesses said they would be able to identify the man involved in the tiger kidnapping if they saw him again.

The trial will continue with more witnesses before the jury and Judge Karen O'Connor on Monday.


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