COVID-19 CONCERNS PROMPT DELAY IN TRIAL OF KEVIN LUNNEY ASSAULT ACCUSED

9 January 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A judge has postponed the start of the trial of four men accused of abducting and assaulting Quinn Industrial Holdings executive Kevin Lunney because of the current spike in Covid-19 case numbers. Mr Justice Tony Hunt told the Special Criminal Court on Tuesday that it would be undesirable and imprudent to proceed with the trial on January 11 as scheduled because of the sharp rise in Coronavirus cases. However, the judge added, it was the court’s absolute intention that the trial would commence on February 1.

Luke O’Reilly (66), from Mullahoran Lower, Kilcogy, Co Cavan; Darren Redmond (25), from Caledon Road, East Wall, Dublin 3; and Alan O’Brien (38) of Shelmalier Road, East Wall, Dublin 1, are all charged with false imprisonment and assault causing serious harm to Mr Lunney (50) at Drumbrade, Ballinagh, Co Cavan on September 17th 2019. Another male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is also charged with the same offences at the same date and location. The case relates to an incident in which Mr Lunney was abducted by a number of men and subjected to a severe assault before being dumped on the roadside. During the incident Mr Lunney’s leg was broken and he had the letters of his company carved into his chest.

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