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Saturday 10 December 2016

Tiger kidnap accused in court after extradition from Spain

Defendant Jeffrey Melvin
Defendant Jeffrey Melvin

A 34-year-old Dublin man has appeared before Dublin District Court charged in relation to an alleged tiger kidnapping.

He also faces separate firearms charges.

Jeffrey Melvin, of Hillcrest Lawns, Lucan, had been extradited from Spain earlier in the day. Melvin left Ireland in 2012 while on bail for his alleged involvement in a tiger raid in the capital in January 2010.

A European Arrest Warrant was then issued for his arrest.

Cash

This bench warrant was executed in court yesterday.

He is accused of robbing €140,000 cash from Brinks Allied employee Reginald Shannon and also falsely imprisoning him, Angela Shannon and a child at a property in Dublin's Bath Avenue.

Yesterday, Melvin was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill Distrrict Court at a later date.

Mr Shannon's elderly mother and an eight-year-old child, believed to be his niece, were held on January 4, 2010, while the Brinks Allied employee was sent to intercept a cash-in-transit van making a delivery at the Bank of Ireland branch on O'Connell Street.

The females were later released unharmed.

Arrest

Melvin was arrested in Spain at the start of this month and had been held in a Spanish jail since that time.

Gardai from the Extradition Unit accompanied Melvin on a flight from Spain, which landed in Dublin at lunchtime yesterday.

Spanish police said the warrant out for Melvin was based on an "indictment for an alleged crime of robbery, three counts of illegal detention, six counts of illegal possession of firearms and an alleged crime of membership of a criminal organisation".

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