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Saturday 16 December 2017

I'll clear name, says kidnap probe model

DEFIANT: 'I've been dragged into a terrible nightmare'

A model has been questioned for five days by detectives over a €100,000 Tiger kidnapping.

Today the young model denied any involvement whatsoever in the raid in which a 69-year-old woman and little girl (9) were held captive.

Lisa Marie Maher (27) told the Herald that reports that a vehicle belonging to her was used in the robbery were “lies”.

The model was held for five days by serious crime detectives probing the kidnappings in Irishtown, south Dublin, in January.

Maher, who also runs her own dance agency, confirmed that she was one of seven people arrested over the raid. The Herald understands that she was questioned about the movements of her car on the day of the raid. She was released without charge.

The dancer, who lives at Berkeley Road in Phibsboro, was later released without charge.

When contacted by the Herald, Maher denied her car was used in the incident.

She said: "It's all lies, there's absolutely nothing to prove that," she said. "This is all just a big misunderstanding. I've been completely implicated in this. I'm broken over it."

The model was questioned by gardai at Harcourt Terrace Garda Station in connection with the Brinks Allied tiger raid in Irishtown, Dublin, on January 4. She was arrested and taken into custody by detectives along with five men and another woman on February 18.

Ms Maher spent five days in garda custody before she was released along with the other suspects on February 22.

All seven suspects arrested were released without charge.

The model, who has worked as a promotions girl for a British Sunday newspaper, has denied any involvement in the raid in which a Brinks Allied worker's 68-year-old mother and his nine-year-old niece taken hostage at their home on Bath Avenue, in Irishtown.

"I've been dragged into this terrible nightmare through no fault of my own and have absolutely nothing to do with it," she said. "I'll do whatever it takes to clear my name."

She added: "I want this to be over and I know I will walk away with my head held high. I look forward to the legal process finally being completed."

She is currently running her own agency "for dancers, fire performers, acrobalance, break dancers, snake dancers, makeup artists".

The BMW M3 owner has previously performed at half-time at Eircom League games, outside Croke Park and at nightclubs in Dublin city.

The Irishtown raid is still under investigation. It involved three armed and masked men entered the home of the Brinks Allied employee off Bath Avenue in Irishtown on January 4.

The security guard, who lives at the home with his mother and his niece, was told that if he did not take the cash from his company, his family would be harmed.

The gang instructed him to take a stolen white Renault Kangoo van to O'Connell Street to intercept the Brinks Allied van as it made its cash run through the country's busiest thoroughfare at 11am.

Niece

The gang gave the security guard a mobile phone and told him to await instructions after he met with the Brinks Allied crew outside the Bank of Ireland on O'Connell Street.

As his mother and niece were being transferred to another vehicle, the security guard was monitored by another member of the gang as he met with the Brinks Allied workers.

Once the security guard had possession of the cash boxes he was instructed to bring them to the car park in the Skylon Hotel in Drumcondra.

He left the white Renault Kangoo van at the hotel and walked to the nearest DART station as told by the gang, and headed to Bray where he appeared at the local garda station at 2pm.

The van was recovered by gardai in Drumcondra yesterday afternoon. His mother and niece were released in the Newvale Crescent estate in Shankill, south Dublin at 12.30pm.

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