Father provides alibi to 'tiger kidnapping' accused

The father of the alleged inside man in a €2.28m "tiger kidnapping" robbery has claimed he was with him on the day in question.

The father of the alleged inside man in a €2.28m "tiger kidnapping" robbery has claimed he was with him on the day in question.

Anthony Byrne, the father of accused man, Niall Byrne (aged 27), told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, he went to visit his mother in Drogheda and stopped for lunch in the Pheasant Pub.

He told Mr Dominic McGinn BL, prosecuting, he was joined there by the accused and his wife. He said after lunch Niall and his wife took his younger son to an amusement park in Drogheda for the rest of the day.

Mr Byrne agreed with Fergal Kavanagh BL, defending, that he had two other son’s who were prison officers, one of which also used to work for Securicor.

Niall Byrne of Aughavanagh Road, Crumlin; David Byrne (aged 36) of Old Brazeel Way, Knocksedan, Swords; 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.

It was day-49 of the trial which continues before Judge Tony Hunt and a jury of seven men and five women.

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