Four men accused of abducting ex-Quinn executive Kevin Lunney face verdict

Four men accused of abducting ex-Quinn executive Kevin Lunney face verdict

THE SPECIAL Criminal Court is set to deliver its decision regarding four men accused of abducting, falsely imprisoning and attacking 51 year-old businessman Kevin Lunney in 2019.

The accused have been named as Alan O'Brien and Darren Redmond from East Wall, Co Dublin, Luke O'Reilly from Kilcogy, Co Cavan, and another 40 year-old man known only as YZ for legal reasons.

The four men pled not guilty to the false imprisonment and intention to cause serious harm to Mr Lunney, who was abducted on 17 September 2019, held in the boot of a car and driven to a horse trailer where he had his leg broken, was soaked in bleach and had the letters Q I H carved into his chest.

Mr Lunney was an executive at Quinn Industrial Holdings at the time and was allegedly told by his attackers that he needed to resign his directorship from the company. After the attack was over he was dumped at the side of a rural road in Co Cavan.

The trial began in June 2021 and lasted a total of 40 days.

Prosecutors in the case have alleged that the attack took place under the directorship of notorious career-criminal Cyril McGuinness (known as Dublin Jimmy) who passed away two months after the incident in November 2019.

Prosecutors told the court that Kevin Lunney had suffered an “ordeal of callous brutality and gratuitous violence [which was] designed to intimidate him and leave him with injuries he would never forget.”

Defence counsel told the court that the case against each of the men had not been proved and said that the prosecution had overreached its remit.

Judge Tony Hunt is expected to release the court’s verdict sometime this morning.