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Saturday 14 December 2019

Four accused of assault and false imprisonment over Lunney abduction

Darren Redmond (in blue hoodie) at court yesterday
Darren Redmond (in blue hoodie) at court yesterday

Four men have appeared in court charged with assault and false imprisonment in relation to the investigation into the abduction of Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney.

The four men appeared before judge Denis McLoughlin at Virginia District Court yesterday.

Alan O'Brien (38), of Shelmalier Road, East Wall, Dublin 3, Darren Redmond (25), of Caledon Road, East Wall, and Luke O'Reilly (66), of Mullahoran Lower, Kilcogy, Co Cavan, were all charged in relation to the brutal torture of the 50-year-old father-of-six.

Abducted

Mr Lunney was found injured on a remote road in Co Cavan after being abducted outside his home in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, on September 17 last.

A fourth man facing the same charges was also before the court but Judge McLoughlin ruled he cannot be named or identified after an application was made by his solicitor that his identity not be revealed by the media.

The accused did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody to Castlerea Prison for one week.

The decision to restrict his identification in the media will be reviewed at the next court hearing on December 3.

Mr O'Reilly, wearing a blue jumper and trousers and carrying a grey fleece with a hood on it, stood quietly in the court when charged.

He did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody in Castlerea Prison to appear again at Virginia District Court on December 3.

Mr O'Brien and Mr Redmond both indicated that they would be applying for bail and the court was told there would be objections to those applications from gardai.

A hooded Alan O’Brien. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin
A hooded Alan O’Brien. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Judge McLoughlin was told by prosecuting gardai objecting to bail that the maximum sentence for the assault charge would be five years, while a person could face life in prison on the false imprisonment charge.

Mr Redmond, a father-of-one, was wearing a Nike top, grey and green zip jacket and black tracksuit bottoms. He was refused bail.

Det Garda Sharon Walsh objected to bail, saying the prosecution feared disposal of evidence and potential interference with witnesses if Mr Redmond was granted bail.

Judge McLoughlin refused bail on the basis of risk of witnesses or evidence being tampered with.

Mr O'Brien, a father-of-three, was wearing light grey tracksuit bottoms, blue runners and a green and blue waterproof jacket.

He sat quietly in court as his bail application was heard.

Garda David Kerrigan objected to bail based on a risk of interference with witnesses and disposal of evidence. Bail was refused on that basis.

The four men charged were all arrested last Thursday under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.

There was a heavy garda presence in the court, with members of the garda armed response unit escorting the accused to and from the courthouse.

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