Man set up pal to be tortured then robbed
A MAN who helped to organise the violent robbery of his friend in which the victim was tortured and tied up has been sentenced to seven years in prison with three suspended.
Marco Rodi (40) made the arrangement to bring two men to and from the scene of Nunzio De Luca's chip shop and home on Castle Street in Ringsend, Dublin and helped them gain access to the house.
The two men tied up Mr De Luca using cable ties, assaulted him and pierced his ear with a screwdriver as a method of torture to force him to disclose the location of his safe. The men fled with €6,000 in cash and €15,000 worth of jewellery.
Rodi of Buckingham Village, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbing the jewellery and cash from Mr De Luca on February 26, 2012.
Garda Brian Hunt told Keirda Naidoo BL, prosecuting that Rodi and Mr De Luca were acquaintances and had met through the Italian community in Dublin.
Rodi had asked Mr De Luca to hold a party in his home and he invited two women. Two men arrived outside the house at the same time and waited.
Rodi left the party at 5.23am and returned at 5.56am to retrieve his hat. He then let the two men into Mr De Luca's premises and they lay in wait.
Once Rodi left the premises for a second time, the two men subjected Mr De Luca to a "savage and brutal assault, torturing him to disclose the location of his safe", said Gda Hunt.
The men left with the money and cash and Mr De Luca was able to activate a panic alarm with his mouth which alerted gardai. Gardai found Mr De Luca bound and in the middle of the street.
He suffered a cracked nose, bruising to his body, permanent loss of sensation to his upper lip, back pain and injuries to his ear.
Rodi, who has no previous convictions, fled the country to Italy and a European Arrest Warrant was executed on November 14 last year.
"The father-of-one found himself involved with people he shouldn't be with and they put pressure on him to do the crime," said Rodi's lawyer.
"He apologises and said he did not know what was going to happen to Mr De Luca but knows he betrayed his trust."