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Horror Kidnapping Sentence hearing to take place for men convicted of Kevin Lunney kidnap and assault

As part of the hearing later today, Mr Lunney will be given an opportunity to deliver a victim impact statement to the court, if he so wishes.

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Kevin Lunney

Kevin Lunney

Kevin Lunney

A sentence hearing will take place today for three men who falsely imprisoned and seriously assaulted Kevin Lunney.

Mr Lunney, director of Quinn Industrial Holdings, was kidnapped close to his home in Co Fermanagh on the evening of September 17th 2019.

The businessman had his leg broken, was doused in bleach and the letters QIH were carved into his chest before he was dumped on a roadside in Co Cavan.

As part of the hearing later today, Mr Lunney will be given an opportunity to deliver a victim impact statement to the court, if he so wishes.

During a 40-day trial during the summer, Mr Lunney told of how he was bundled into the boot of a car close to his home in Co Fermanagh and driven across the border.

He was taken to a farm site and put in a horsebox where he was tied up and beaten, had his leg broken and covered in bleach and had the letters QIH carved into his chest with a Stanley knife.

Mr Lunney’s attackers demanded that he resign as a director of QIH.

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Darren Redmond (27), from Caledon Road, East Wall, Dublin 3 pictured leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin

Darren Redmond (27), from Caledon Road, East Wall, Dublin 3 pictured leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin

Darren Redmond (27), from Caledon Road, East Wall, Dublin 3 pictured leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin

Mr Justice Tony Hunt described Mr Lunney as a “most impressive witness” and said the court accepted his evidence.

A man who cannot be named for legal reasons was found guilty at the non-jury Special Criminal Court in Dublin of falsely imprisoning and assaulting the businessman earlier this month.

The 40-year-old, one of four men accused in the case, was referred to in court as “YZ”.

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Alan O’Brien (40) and Darren Redmond (27) were also found guilty on the same charges at the hearing.

Their sentence hearing is due to get underway later this morning.

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