Jason Kavanagh, aged 39, of Corduff Avenue, Blanchardstown; Christopher Corcoran, aged 66, of Bayside Boulevard North, Sutton; Mark Farrelly, aged 42, of Moatview Court, Priorswood, Coolock; and Alan Costello, aged 50, of Cromcastle Road, Coolock, pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to five charges each.
They are accused of falsely imprisoning Securicor van driver Paul Richardson at Ashcroft, Raheny, Dublin, on Mar 13, 2005, and falsely imprisoning Marie, Ian and Kevin Richardson on the same dates.
They are also charged with robbery of €2.28m in cash from Mr Richardson and Securicor Security Services Ireland Ltd.
Mr Richardson was forced to go to work the next morning and deliver a van load of cash to a car park while his wife and sons were held at gunpoint in the Dublin mountains.
Sean Kelleher, who was a member of the delivery van crew that morning, said when he got into the Securicor van, Mr Richardson was “extremely distraught”.
He told Mr Kelleher, “they have my family. My worst nightmare has come true”, before showing Mr Kelleher photos showing Mr Richardson’s family being held by armed men.
He said Mr Richardson was tearful and his hands were shaking. Mr Kelleher and a third man, Paddy O’Callaghan, agreed to go follow the gang’s orders.
Kevin Richardson, who was 13 at the time, said after tying the family up one gang member told them: “We’ve been good to you so you’ve to be good to us, give us 15 minutes.”
The witness said his mother replied: “Who do you think we are, Houdini?”
He also gave evidence that one raider called another one “Alan” but then said “I mean John”.
Ian Richardson, who was aged 17 at the time, said that at one stage in the night a raider told him that “I’d get a day off school and I’d be able to write an essay about what happens”.
The trial continues before Judge Martin Nolan and a jury of nine men and three women.