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Security man seeks tiger raid damages

A SECURITY van driver says he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of a tiger kidnapping.

James Eakins (62), of Greenhills, Dublin, says he also suffers from depression arising out of the kidnap in which he and his van crew were asked to hand more than €1m to a work colleague whose wife was the victim of the kidnapping.

He has brought a High Court action against Securicor Security Services Ltd seeking damages damages for psychiatric injuries he suffered following the robbery of the van at a service station in Carlow on January 17, 2007.

He worked at the company for six years.

He says his then employers failed to provide him with a safe working environment, a safe system of work, a safe place to work, and had no regard for his health and safety while he was carrying out his duty.

He also claims that he was exposed to unnecessary risk of injury and had not received adequate training. The defendants deny the claims.