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Monday 23 April 2018

Tiger kidnap jury hears of €26,000 in attic

Jason Kavanagh. Photo: Collins
Jason Kavanagh. Photo: Collins

THE trial of four men accused of the tiger kidnapping of a Securicor worker and his family before stealing €2.28m has heard how a cash bundle of nearly €26,000 was seized during a search of one house.

Jason Kavanagh (39), of Corduff Avenue, Blanchardstown; Christopher Corcoran (66), of Bayside Boulevard North, Sutton; Mark Farrelly (42), of Moatview Court, Coolock; and Alan Costello (50), of Cromcastle Road, Coolock, pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to five charges each.

They are accused of falsely imprisoning Paul Richardson at Ashcroft, Raheny, on the night of March 13 and 14, 2005, and of falsely imprisoning Marie, Ian and Kevin Richardson on the same dates.

The four accused are also charged with the robbery of €2.28m in cash from Mr Richardson and Securicor Security Services Ireland Ltd.

Det Sgt Gerard Holland told Seamus Clarke BL, prosecuting, that he and other gardai carried out a search of the home of Vera Costello in Ongar, Lucan, on April 27, 2005.

SUITCASE

He said officers found a small suitcase in the attic containing €25,640 in cash.

It also heard that gardai observed a 2002 Alpha Romeo car outside the house. They seized a receipt for €9,800 from AJ Motors car sales made out to "Alan" with an address at Cromcastle Road and signed "Alan Costello".

The jury has heard in a statement from Alan Costello's father that he has a daughter called Vera.

Alan Moran, of AJ Motors car sales, testified that the receipt found at Vera Costello's home was for a car bought from him and was signed by Alan Costello.

He previously gave evidence that in mid-April 2005, two men called "Costello" and "Ken" paid him around €9,000 cash in bundles of €20 notes for a secondhand Alpha Romeo.

The trial continues before Judge Martin Nolan and a jury of nine men and three women.

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