Man charged over €300k tiger kidnapping

A MAN has been charged in connection with last week’s tiger kidnapping in Dublin in which more than €300,000 was withdrawn by a bank employee whose partner had been kidnapped.

Tony Quinn, 29, from Ballymun, north Dublin, is accused of handling stolen cash, amounting to €318,000, taken from a Permanent TSB branch.

He was arrested last Tuesday at Cabra, in the north inner city, by gardaí investigating a tiger kidnapping that morning.

A bank official had been ordered by the kidnap gang to take money from her branch in Phibsboro to secure the release of her boyfriend.

The 22-year-old woman was told to bring the cash to the Cabra area and leave it for collection.

Mr Quinn, from Park View, Park Close, Balbutcher Lane, in Ballymun, was arrested in the area by gardaí from Mountjoy Garda Station.

Detective Sergeant Bob O’Reilly told Dublin District Court that Quinn was charged in the station on Sunday with handling stolen cash. He said Quinn made no reply when charged.

Quinn is charged under Section 17 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act 2001.

A person guilty of handling stolen property is liable on conviction to a fine or prison sentence not exceeding 10 years, or both.

Judge Hugh O’Donnell asked Det Sgt O’Reilly if the defendant was being sent forward for trial to the circuit court. Det Sgt O’Reilly said his application was for a remand in custody with consent to bail to Cloverhill District Court.

Defence solicitor Michael Hanahoe told Judge O’Donnell that there was no objection by the gardaí to bail being granted.

He said his client was in a position to lodge bail of €10,000 and surrender his passport.

Det Sgt O’Reilly agreed with these conditions.

Mr Hanahoe said his client’s father was providing the money.

The defendant sat on the court bench and occasionally turned to look at his family at the back of the court during the hearing.

Judge O’Donnell remanded him in custody with consent to bail to appear before Cloverhill District Court this Friday.

He was ordered to surrender his passport and sign on daily at Ballymun Garda Station.

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