£200,000 RAID KIDNAP PAIR FOUND AT ‘BLAYNEY

26 August 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

A CROSS-BORDER drama which brought unwelcome media focus on the Mullyash area of Co Monaghan and Castleblayney unfolded last Thursday in the wake of a Northern robbery which led to the partner and son of a security firm’s driver who was abducted in Belfast, being taken to an isolated house in the area, in what was described as a so-called “tiger” raid.
The woman and 16-year-old son were freed after the man was forced to hand over a substantial sum of money – believed to be in the region of £200,000 (sterling) – to the kidnappers.
The terrifying drama for the family began when two masked and armed men forced their way into their South Belfast home in the Teeling Grove area of Dunmurry on Wednesday of last week, at around 6 pm.
The man’s partner and 16-year-old son were abducted in a white Transit van and taken across the border where they were held hostage overnight. The next day the man, under death threats, handed over the money to the gang.
On Thursday evening the woman and teenager were found in a shed at Aughnadamp, near Mullyash. They were discovered around 6.45 p.m. after the van, used by the gang to transport them from the North, was set on fire and gardai were alerted.
Both were in a shocked and disoriented state as they were being comforted pending the subsequent arrival of gardai from Carrickmacross, Castleblayney and Monaghan, who joined the fire service, which was initially called to deal with the burning vehicle.
It later emerged that the two armed and masked men who had abducted the woman and teenager stayed no more than one hour at their home, issuing clear and concise instructions to the woman’s partner.
He was directed to go to work, as normal, to money-courier firm Brinks-Mat the next day, then meet the gang at a specific location, and hand over the ransom — thought to be £200,000.
If the instructions were not followed it was made clear that lives would be in danger. The gang appeared to be aware of the hundreds of thousands of pounds to which the courier-driver had access during his daily job. The company collects and delivers large sums of cash to banks and other financial institutions in the North.
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