Suspended sentences for 'false imprisonment' men

A teenager who believed he was going to be killed said Hail Marys when he was kidnapped and driven up a mountain road on a foggy night by two men who were both given four-year suspended jail sentences today.

A teenager who believed he was going to be killed said Hail Marys when he was kidnapped and driven up a mountain road on a foggy night by two men who were both given four-year suspended jail sentences today.

Superintendent Flor Horan described the actions of Michael Carey (aged 34) of O’Neill Crowley Terrace, Mitchelstown, Co Cork, and Alan Lynch (aged 22) of Brigown, Mitchelstown, as “bully boy tactics.”

Judge Patrick J Moran said they had effectively kidnapped Timothy Rice and terrified him on September 16, 2002.

Superintendent Horan said Timothy Rice from Ballindangan, Mitchelstown, was involved in a minor row at New Square, Mitchelstown, in the early hours of that date when Carey passed by and told him to stop making noise.

Carey added: "You will be dealing with me, not the guards, you will be going home in the back of my car, not the squad car."

Lynch, who was with Carey, told the 17-year-old: "You have five seconds to leave".

Mr Rice walked on. At the filling station a short time later the defendants pulled up in a car and asked him to get in but Mr Rice would not get it.

Later Lynch got out and Carey, who was driving, offered Mr Rice a spin.

Believing Carey was alone this time, Mr Rice got it, but Carey beeped the horn and Lynch got back into the car. The car was driven towards Dublin and then off a side road up the Galtee mountains.

“There were numerous exchanges in the car. He said a few Hail Marys. He believed he was going to die. Carey stopped the car and ordered him out of the car. Lynch punched him. He ran to a house and banged on a door.

"There was no answer and the car was reversed up the house and they made him get back into the car. Carey said, ‘Get in you muppet, if you tell the gardai you will be driven up again and you will not be coming back.’

“Further down the road he was told to get out of the car again and he was told to get into the boot. He ran and they followed him but they couldn’t find him and he went to another house where he got help,” Inspector Horan said.

The sum of €6,000 was paid to the victim by the defendants yesterday at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Both men apologised and said they regretted what they did.

Lynch said: "It was more of a prank than anything else, I didn’t realise the seriousness of it."

Lynch has no previous convictions. Carey has several previous assault convictions.

The judge said Mr Rice and other young men were entitled to go out at night without this kind of thing happening. If they made too much noise it was a matter for the gardai to deal with it, he said.

Lynch and Carey were both bound to the peace for three years and given four-year suspended sentences on the charge of false imprisonment.

They previously pleaded guilty to the crime and it was adjourned until today for sentencing.

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