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Michael McGuirk (45) of Captain’s Road, Crumlin, Dublin, who was sentenced to nine years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for his role in a robbery in 2009.

Michael McGuirk (45) of Captain’s Road, Crumlin, Dublin, who was sentenced to nine years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for his role in a robbery in 2009.

Michael McGuirk (45) of Captain’s Road, Crumlin, Dublin, who was sentenced to nine years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for his role in a robbery in 2009.

A father-of-five involved in a Tiger kidnap where a bank manager's husband and two small children were held captive has been jailed for nine years.

Michael McGuirk (45), of Captain's Road, Crumlin, was part of a gang who netted nearly €250,000 in the robbery-kidnap in October 2009.

McGuirk is also the father of a youth jailed for life for the brutal murder with a screwdriver of two Polish immigrants.

The Crumlin man, who pleaded guilty to the robbery, is the father of David Curran (21) who is serving life in prison for the murder of Polish nationals Pawel Kalite and Marius Szwajkos who were both stabbed in the head with a screwdriver.

McGuirk's trial heard how the bank manager was threatened that her children would be mutilated and her husband shot. She told the court: "If there was any idea of hell, this would be it".

 

Horrific

Sentencing McGuirk, Judge Desmond Hogan said: "There's no doubt about it, this is a very, very nasty crime, bordering on the horrific."

The judge noted McGuirk's guilty plea and the minor nature of his previous convictions and sentenced him to 10 years, but suspended the final 12 months of the term for five years.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that on that night, the bank's branch officer, Nicola Hall, and two children, aged six and three, were asleep in bed and her husband John Jones was at work.

When he arrived home at 1am he was approached by three armed and masked men and was told to turn off the house alarm.

Ms Hall was woken up by a man leaning across the bed holding a hand over her mouth.

Cable ties were put on Mr Jones's arms and legs. His mouth was taped but he was later able to remove this.

Ms Hall went to the bank and tried to behave as normal until the bank vault's time lock came off at 11.30am and she put the money into a bag. The gang then phoned her with instructions.

Mr Jones and his children were held in the back of the van for five hours. As soon as the driver left, his son got through a small gap in the front of the van and alerted a passer-by.

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