Jury retires in tiger-kidnapping case

The jury in the trial of five men charged with falsely imprisoning a Securicor worker, his wife and two sons, and with stealing €2.28m, has retired to consider its verdict.

The jury in the trial of five men charged with falsely imprisoning a Securicor worker, his wife and two sons, and with stealing €2.28m, has retired to consider its verdict.

The 11 members of the jury have begun deliberations on what is the 57th day of a trial, now in its 15th week at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, sitting in Blanchardstown.

Five men, all with addresses in Dublin, have pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning Paul and Marie Richardson, and their sons Ian and Kevin, on March 13 and 14, 2005.

The five have also pleaded not guilty to robbing €2.28m from Paul Richardson and Securicor.

The men on trial are: 36-year-old David Byrne of Old Brazeel Way, Knocksedan, Swords; Niall Byrne, 27, of Aughavanagh Road, Crumlin; Mark Farrelly, 37, of Moatview Court, Priorswood; 61-year-old Christopher Corcoran of Bayside Boulevard North, Sutton; and Jason Kavanagh, 34, of Parslickstown Court, Ladyswell.

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