Man jailed for role in 2009 robbery-kidnap case

Friday 01 March 2013 23.43
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Michael McGuirk was sentenced to ten years in prison with the final year suspended
Michael McGuirk was sentenced to ten years in prison with the final year suspended
Michael McGuirk was part of a five-man gang in the 2009 robbery and kidnap
Michael McGuirk was part of a five-man gang in the 2009 robbery and kidnap

A man has been sentenced to ten years in prison, with one year suspended, for his role in a robbery in which a Dublin bank manager's family was kidnapped and held in a van in 2009.

Michael McGuirk, 45, from Captain's Road in Crumlin was part of a five-man gang who forced the woman to hand over more than €240,000 from the Bank of Ireland in Inchicore.

Judge Desmond Hogan described it as a totally reprehensible crime where children and their safety were used against their parents.

A gun was put to John Jones's head when he came home from work at 1am on 23 October, 2009.

His wife, Nicola, was woken with a hand over her face and Mr Jones was tied up with cable ties.

One of the two children woke in the middle of the night, but their parents told them it was only a game.

Five hours later Mr Jones and his children, aged three and six, were lifted in to a stolen van and held hostage there for five hours.

Ms Hall was forced to go to the bank where she worked. When the time lock safe opened, she put over €240,000 cash in euro, sterling and dollars in a bag.

She left it for the kidnappers at the appointed place.

That afternoon McGuirk made an anonymous 999 call to say a man and two children had been left tied up in a van.

He did not know, however, that one of the children had already got out through a gap in the van and stopped a passerby who raised the alarm.

McGuirk was arrested after his prints were found in the phone box and his DNA on the handbrake of the van.

He claimed he was not in the house on the night of the kidnapping, but Judge Hogan said he must have known why he was making the phone call.

The judge sentenced McGuirk to ten years in prison with the final year suspended.