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Tiger kidnapping suspect who disappeared while on bail is flying between Spain and Australia

Jeffrey Melvin
Jeffrey Melvin

A Dublin man who is wanted in relation to an alleged tiger kidnapping is believed to be travelling between Spain and Australia.

Jeffrey Melvin (33), from Lucan, in West Dublin, disappeared three years ago while on bail for his alleged involvement in a January 2010 tiger raid in the capital.

"Information has come in that Mr Melvin is based in Spain but has also been travelling to Australia.

"Gardai are anxious to detain this individual so that he can be brought back to face trial here," a source said last night.

Melvin is accused of stealing €134,000 from a Brinks Allied cash-in-transit van.

He is also accused of falsely imprisoning the Brinks Allied employee Reginald Shannon, along with his eldery mother and eight-year-old child, at a property on Dublin's Bath Avenue on January 4, 2010.

The woman and child were held while he was sent to intercept a cash-in-transit van which was making a delivery at Bank of Ireland on O'Connell Street.

The man's mother and niece were later released unharmed in Shankill later that day.

A European Arrest Warrant was issued after Melvin failed to show up at court in June 2012.

He was previously described in court as a jack-of-all trades and a 'Del Boy' figure.

These comments were made by Stefan Saunders (37), from Hazelbury Park, Blanchardstown, who was a co-accused in the case.

Saunders was cleared in the tiger kidnapping case last May.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court Judge Desmond Hogan ruled that gardai searched Mr Saunders' home and seized items using a type of warrant that has since been deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

The Herald