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Sargent's stolen laptop is found at home of tiger kidnap suspect

A LAPTOP stolen from the home of former Government minister Trevor Sargent has been found in the house of a major tiger kidnap suspect.

The device was discovered at a property used by the criminal in Cavan in a garda search on the recent June bank holiday weekend.

The laptop was taken in a burglary at Mr Sargent's home three years ago and is understood to have been recovered by detectives in the criminal's house during a search.

The north Dublin man, who is currently based in Cavan, is regarded as a serious criminal and was arrested by gardai for questioning in relation to his involvement in a tiger kidnapping in north Dublin last September. There was not enough evidence to charge him over the kidnapping, it is understood.

The raiders made off with €130,000 from a northside branch of the Bank of Ireland, after forcing innocent bank official Antoinette Clarke to collect the cash from her branch in Coolock village while they held her partner hostage.


The gang held Mark Buckley captive in a van and he freed himself almost five hours after he had been taken from his home in Lusk.

The Hewlett-Packard laptop was stolen three years ago from Mr Sargent's north county Dublin home, around the time he entered government as part of the Green Party-Fianna Fail coalition, sources told the Herald. He served as a Minister of State until his resignation earlier this year, after the Herald revealed that he unlawfully contacted gardai over a court case involving in a constituent.

The suspect, who is in his 40s, was taken from his home over the Bank Holiday weekend and brought to a north Dublin garda station. He was held under the Offences Against the State Act for questioning in relation to a tiger kidnapping in north Dublin last September.

He was released without charge after being questioned.

Mr Sargent declined to comment when contacted by the Herald this week. The laptop is being held in evidence by gardai, it is understood.