Five accused of 'tiger kidnapping' plead not guilty

Five men accused of robbing €2.28m in a "tiger kidnapping" three years ago have pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Five men accused of robbing €2.28m in a "tiger kidnapping" three years ago have pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

They are charged with holding a Securicor staff member and his family hostage and with robbing €2.28m from a Securicor van at the Lower Road, Strawberry Beds in March 2005.

However attempts to swear in a jury to hear their trial failed after around 140 jurors said they couldn’t serve or were objected to by both side’s legal teams.

David Byrne (aged 36) of Old Brazeel Way, Knocksedan, Swords; Niall Byrne (aged 27), of Aughavanagh Road, Crumlin; Mark Farrelly (aged 37), of Moatview Court, Priorswood; Christopher Corcoran (aged 61), of Bayside Boulevard North, Sutton; and Jason Kavanagh (aged 34), of Parslickstown Court, Ladyswell have all pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning Mark Richardson, his wife, Marie, and their two children.

They also pleaded not guilty to robbing Mr Richardson and Securicor on the same date.

The jury panel was told the trial could take up to three months and involve dozens of witnesses. Out of a panel of some 150, only 10 jurors were sworn in.

Most jurors told Judge Patrica Ryan they were unable to serve for various personal reasons such as holidays and job interviews however several were objected to by solicitors. Legal teams can object to up to seven jurors each without having to give a reason.

Judge Ryan attempted to acquire the remaining two jurors from the Central Criminal Court panel but they had already been sent home. She adjourned the case until Wednesday when the remaining jurors will be selected from a new panel.

The accused were remanded on continuing bail until Wednesday afternoon.

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