Alan Costello, aged 50, was alleged to have been the driver for an armed kidnap gang which burst into the family home of Paul Richardson on the night of Mar 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.
His co-accused Christopher Corcoran, aged 66, Mark Farrelly, aged 42, and Jason Kavanagh, aged 39, have denied all charges and are still awaiting the jury’s verdict.
Dubliners Mr Corcoran of Bayside Boulevard North, Sutton; Mr Farrelly of Moatview Court, Priorswood, Coolock; Mr Kavanagh of Corduff Avenue, Blanchardstown; and Mr Costello of Cromcastle Road, Coolock, have all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
These are falsely imprisoning the Richardsons at Ashcroft, Raheny, on the night of Mar 13 and 14 and to robbery of €2.28m in cash from Paul Richardson and Securicor Security Services Ireland Ltd on Mar 14, 2005.
After deliberating for just under ten hours the jury of eight men and three men returned a verdict of not guilty on all charges against Mr Costello.
Judge Martin Nolan discharged Mr Costello, who was arrested in April 2012.