Additional charges in ‘tiger kidnapping’ case

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse, Merchant's Quay 11-12-12
NEW charges have been preferred against a man who is charged in connection with an alleged tiger kidnapping on the outskirts of the city earlier this year.

NEW charges have been preferred against a man who is charged in connection with an alleged tiger kidnapping on the outskirts of the city earlier this year.

Zachary Coughlan-Ryan, aged 34, of no fixed abode, was previously charged with the false imprisonment of a 19-year-old-man at Caislean na hAbhainn, Castletroy between August 19 and 20.

At Limerick Court, Det Garda Vincent Brick, Henry Street, gave evidence of charging Coughlan-Ryan with a number of additional charges relating to the same incident.

These include the false imprisonment of a second man at the same location on the same night and three counts of dangerous driving.

It is alleged the son of a well-known postmistress was abducted and a ransom demand made from his family during the incident.

During a vacation sitting of Limerick Court, Insp Seamus Ruane said directions were not yet available from the the Director of Public Prosecutions and he sought an adjournment of the case until the New Year.

Solicitor Sarah Ryan did not oppose the application.

Coughlan-Ryan, who appeared before the court via video-link from Portlaoise Prison, was remanded in continuing custody by Judge Aeneas McCarthy until January 8, 2013.

A 15 year old boy has also been charged and is before the courts in connection with the alleged tiger kidnapping.