Man found guilty in €2.28m 'tiger' kidnapping case

One of four men accused of taking part in the kidnapping of a Securicor worker and his family and the robbery of the company of €2.28m has been found guilty on day 49 of the trial.

Jason Kavanagh (aged 39) was alleged to have been part of an armed kidnap gang which burst into the family home of Paul Richardson in Raheny, Dublin on the night of March 13, 2005.

The gang took Mr Richardson's wife and their two teenage sons into the Dublin mountains and held them at gunpoint overnight.

Other gang members held Mr Richardson at gunpoint at his home until the next morning when he was told to go to work and deliver the cash to a drop off point.

Shortly after 2pm having deliberated for nearly 14 hours, the jury returned majority guilty verdicts on all the charges against Kavanagh, of Corduff Avenue, Blanchardstown.

Judge Martin Nolan remanded Kavanagh in custody until tomorrow morning when a compassionate bail application will be made on his behalf.

Two remaining co-accused Christopher Corcoran (aged 66), Mark Farrelly (aged 42) are still awaiting the jury’s verdict.

On Tuesday, the jury returned not guilty verdicts on a fourth co-accused, Alan Costello (aged 50) after nearly 10 hours of deliberations.

Dubliners Mr Corcoran of Bayside Boulevard North, Sutton, Mr Farrelly of Moatview Court, Priorswood, Coolock, Kavanagh and Mr Costello of Cromcastle Road, Coolock had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to all charges.

These are falsely imprisoning the Richardsons at Ashcroft, Raheny on the night of March 13 and 14 and to robbery of €2.28m in cash from Paul Richardson and Securicor Security Services Ireland Ltd on March 14, 2005.

The jury of eight men and three men continue to deliberate on the remaining counts and have been told they can return a majority verdict on these.

The trial had heard evidence that Kavanagh's father had called a number described as the "green" phone in a network of mobile phone alleged activity between the kidnappers.

There was also evidence that a DNA profile linked to him matched one found on a pillow case allegedly used as a makeshift balaclava by one of the raiders.

The jury were also told that Kavanagh and Mr Farrelly know each other through a horse racing syndicate.

The State also gave evidence that Niall Byrne, Gerard Grant and David Byrne were alleged to be members of the kidnap gang but were not on trial at this time.

The court heard that Jason Kavanagh is married to Niall Byrne's cousin and that the two men are lifelong friends.

Counsel for Kavanagh said he has also socialised with both Gerard Grant and Alan Costello.

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