Fived accused of 'tiger kidnapping' go on trial tomorrow

The trial of five men accused of robbing €2.28m in a "tiger kidnapping" three years ago will begin tomorrow after a jury was sworn in at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The trial of five men accused of robbing €2.28m in a "tiger kidnapping" three years ago will begin tomorrow after a jury was sworn in 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.

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 trial, before Judge Tony Hunt, could last up to three months and 260 witnesses are listed to be called including dozens of gardaí and mobile phone experts.

A jury was due to be sworn in on Monday but, out of a panel of some 150, only 10 jurors were selected. Some were objected to by the men’s legal teams and the State while others said they could not serve for personal reasons.

A new panel was brought in today, from which the remaining jurors were selected.

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