THE ¤2.8m Tiger kidnapping money laundering suspect who died while on the run abroad had to be identified by fingerprints, it has been revealed.
Gerard 'Panther' Grant (46), from Glin Avenue Coolock, Dublin, fled to the Philippines after the 2005 kidnapping of the Richardson family from Raheny.
He and an accomplice fled before they could be arrested in connection with the robbery of Securicor employee Paul Richardson, and the kidnapping of his wife and their two sons.
At an inquest last week gardai revealed that they had to call in a fingerprint expert to identify Grant's body.
The Dublin County Coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty heard that the body was brought home to Ireland, but the cause of death could not be determined.
The coroner said Mr Grant had died in a district hospital in Palawan in the Philippines on March 24 last.
Det Garda Finn Nalty, said he took a palm print from the dead man's body and passed it Garda headquarters.
This later confirmed that the body was that of Gerard Grant. Joseph Grant told the coroner that he had viewed the body and confirmed it was that of his brother Gerard.
Dr Michael Jeffers, who carried out a post mortem examination, said the body was embalmed and he found no obvious physical cause of death.
When it was put to him that it was suggested in the Philippines that ethanol withdrawal may have been responsible, he said fatty tissue in the liver would be consistent with alcohol abuse but he could not say it was the cause of death.
He found no evidence of trauma such as assault, firearm or stab wounds, he said. The coroner noted that the cause of death was undetermined and returned an open verdict.
Arrest warrants were issued for Grant and his accomplice, who fled the Philippines. They were traced to the holiday resort of Boracay about 200 miles from the capital Manila, after associates in Dublin sent money.
But the authorities were unable to arrest or deport them as Ireland has no extradition arrangement with the Philippines.
In November 2009 , after a 67 day trial, three men were jailed for carrying out the Tiger kidnapping in 2005.
Sentencing them at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Tony Hunt said they "inhuman monsters" for kidnapping the van driver's family while he delivered €2.28m to them.
Mark Farrelly (37), of Moatview Court, Priorswood and Jason Kavanagh (34), of Parslickstown Court, Ladyswell, both in Dublin, were jailed for 25 years each.
Christopher Corcoran (61), of Bayside Boulevard North, Dublin, who the judge said was "one league removed from the other men", was jailed for 12 years.
The men had denied the robbery had also pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning members of the Richardson family -- Marie Richardson and her sons, Ian (then 17) and Kevin (then 13) -- on March 13 and 14, 2005.