A former security worker who staged a 'tiger' kidnapping which involved his housemates being bound with cable ties and threatened at gunpoint has been remanded in custody pending sentence.
Darryl Caffrey (aged 35) of Cherrypark, Rivervalley, Swords, a former Chubb Ltd employee who had worked in the cash-in-transit vans for the company, provided information to a criminal gang both in relation to his employer and the personal details of the two men he shared a home with.
Caffrey is already serving a three-year sentence for a similar type of offence which was imposed on him last January after he admitted “to providing information concerning the operation of the business of Chubb Ireland Ltd" at Tesco, Shackleton Road, Celbridge on November 2, 2007.
He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of false imprisonment of Alan Molloy and Daniel Dobrescu and to committing an offence for a criminal organization in that he attempted to steal €1.25m from Chubb Ltd on dates between January 7 and 8, 2007.
Detective Garda David Carolan told Mr Sean Guerin BL, prosecuting, that Caffrey was in the house himself when three masked raiders arrived.
Mr Dobrescu, who had been woken up from his sleep by the intruders and dragged downstairs, believed that Caffrey was also a victim in the whole incident.
Mr Molloy returned home from work later that night and had a gun pointed at his head. He was ordered to get on the ground before he was also tied up with cable ties but was struck with the butt of the gun when he did not get down immediately.
Det Gda Carolan said his accomplices made Caffrey record a video of the two men on a mobile phone, with a gun pointed at their heads. The two house mates were instructed to name Caffrey’s colleague and state the man’s address in the recording.
Caffrey was then ordered to go to work and bring a live bullet with him to show his colleague along with the video recording. He was also told to call a number already saved in the phone’s address book and warned by the raiders that if he tried to call anyone else the two men would be shot.
Det Gda Carolan said both Mr Molloy and Mr Dobrescu were directed by the raiders to encourage Caffrey to do as he was supposed to do before the accused went to work as normal.
A jeep arrived then and Mr Molloy and Mr Dobrescu were ordered to get in the back. Their cable ties were removed and they were brought to a derelict house where there legs were then bound and they were tied up together.
A jacket was thrown over their heads and they were left there by the gang.
The men discovered a box of matches in a pocket in the jacket. They were then able to burn the cable ties and they escaped to a nearby house where the alarm was raised.
Det Gda Carolan told Mr Guerin that in the meantime, Caffrey and his colleague did one pick up and placed the cash in the safe in the van before they picked up a further €1.25m which was placed on the floor of the vehicle.
Caffrey then told his colleague about the raid and showed him the video and the bullet before he called the number in the phone.
There was no answer and the two men then got a call from their manager, who had by that time been alerted to the attempted theft, and they were ordered to come back to base.
Det Gda Carolan told Mr Guerin that the jeep was later discovered burned out and a toy gun and cable ties were found in it.
Caffrey gave a witness statement to gardaí some days later in which he stated that he had been terrified by the ordeal and he feared that his house mates would be killed.
The following November he was arrested for the attempted theft at Celbridge and he later made full admissions in relation to his case.
He told gardaí he wanted to make “easy money” and had been put into contact with these people. He got a phone call on the night of the raid to make sure that everything was in place having supplied the gang with the information they needed.
He had been advised of their plans and had been informed that guns would be used to threaten him and his house mates.
Caffrey had been working with Chubb for six years and had one other previous conviction for drink driving.
Det Gda Carolan agreed with Mr Sean Gillane SC (with Ms Geraldine Biggs BL), defending, that there was nothing in his client’s background that “could have foretold his involvement in this serious offence with these sinister people”.
He accepted that once Caffrey came clean about the offence he made full admissions and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
Mr Gillane told Judge Katherine Delahunt that Caffrey’s crime was “terribly serious with sinister overtones” and added that it had been traumatic for both Mr Dobrescu and Mr Molloy.
He said his client had got involved because of “a combination of greed and stupidity and an earlier association of someone he had previously worked for that had spread like a cancer before it reached a stage where it was harder to get out of then it had been to get in to.”
Judge Delahunt adjourned the case to next March to allow her to consider sentence.