Jury in €2.28m 'tiger' kidnapping trial fails to reach verdict

The jury in the trial of two men accused of kidnapping a family and stealing €2.28m has failed to reach a verdict today.

Jury in €2.28m 'tiger' kidnapping trial fails to reach verdict

The jury in the trial of two men accused of kidnapping a family and stealing €2.28m has failed to reach a verdict today.

David Byrne (aged 39) of Old Brazeel Way in Knocksedan, Swords, Co Dublin, and Niall Byrne (aged 29) of Crumlin Road Flats, Crumlin Rd, Dublin, are alleged to have been members of a gang that held Securicor employee Paul Richardson and his family hostage as part of a raid in March 2005.

Both men had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbing €2.28m from Mr Richardson and Securicor and to falsely imprisoning the Richardson family on March 13 and 14, 2005.

After deliberating for slightly more than six hours during the last three days, the jury of seven men and five women told Judge Patrick McCartan they could not agree a verdict.

The two accused were remanded on continuing bail to appear before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on December 12.

During the 24-day trial, the court heard how Marie Richardson and her sons were taken from their home at Ashcroft, Raheny, at gunpoint and held in Cloon Wood near Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, until her husband gave the gang €2.28m from a Securicor van on which he worked as a crew member.

David Byrne was alleged to have been a passenger in the jeep in which the Richardsons were brought to the Dublin Mountains and held overnight while Niall Byrne, who was a Securicor worker at the time of the robbery, was alleged to be the gang's "inside man".

It was the second time the two men have been tried in connection with this robbery.

After that 67-day long trial, sitting in Blanchardstown in 2009, the jury were unable to return verdicts on the two men and a retrial was sought by the DPP.

The 2009 trial was the longest criminal trial in the history of the State, and heard evidence from more than 200 witnesses.

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