BRU­TAL THUG GUILTY OF TIGER KID­NAP

Irish Daily Mirror - - STATESIDE - BY AOIFE NIC ARDGHAIL

A MAN has been con­victed of a bru­tal €90,000 tiger kid­nap­ping in which a post­mistress, her daugh­ter and an Ital­ian stu­dent were ab­ducted.

Paschal Kelly has been re­manded in cus­tody af­ter be­ing found guilty by a jury at Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court yesterday.

The 53-year-old will be sen­tenced in the New Year af­ter Judge Karen O’con­nor re­quested vic­tim im­pact state­ments.

Kelly, of Coote­hill, Co Ca­van, was con­victed of tres­pass and false im­pris­on­ment of post­mistress Su­san Lawlor, her daugh­ter Emma Carter and Ital­ian Gabriella Saisa.

The hor­rific in­ci­dent had oc­curred at Se­abury Drive, Malahide, North Dublin, on Septem­ber 25, 2014.

The de­fen­dant was also found guilty of rob­bing Ms Lawlor at Bay­side Post Of­fice, Sut­ton, North Dublin, and threat­en­ing to kill her, Ms Carter and Ms Saisa.

He was con­victed of un­law­ful possession of a ve­hi­cle.

The jury of seven men and five women re­turned unan­i­mous guilty ver­dicts on all charges af­ter one hour and 40 min­utes.

The trial lasted into a ninth week and the judge thanked ju­rors for their “ex­tra­or­di­nary” ser­vice and com­mit­ment. She ex­cused them from jury ser­vice for life.

Dur­ing the case Ms Lawlor, Ms Carter and Ms Saisa de­scribed be­ing ab­ducted by two masked and armed in­trud­ers in the early hours of the morn­ing and driven to var­i­ous lo­ca­tions be­fore the post of­fice raid.

The two men broke into the home, tied the women’s hands with ca­ble ties and bun­dled them all into Ms Lawlor’s Nis­san Qashqai.

They were later joined by a third raider in a Volk­swa­gen Golf at a field in an un­known lo­ca­tion.

Ms Lawlor said one of the in­trud­ers had en­tered her room af­ter break­ing in and de­manded to know if she had made a call.

She de­nied do­ing so to him, but told the jury she had man­aged to ring a spe­cial “tiger raid hot­line num­ber” is­sued by An Post when she heard her daugh­ter scream­ing in the house.

Ms Lawlor added: “I feared for my life be­cause the num­ber one guy kept say­ing he was go­ing to shoot me if I’d made the call.”

Ms Carter said it had “felt like a hor­ror

SCENE Gar­dai out­side Bay­side Post Of­fice

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