Lunney thanks authorities following convictions

Publication Date09 November 2021
AuthorMary Carolan
Mr Lunney was in the Special Criminal Court yesterday for the near five-hour reading of its judgment following the 40-day trial of four men accused of attacking him in September 2019.

The three-judge non-jury court convicted Alan O'Brien (40), and Darren Redmond (27), both from East Wall in Dublin; and a 40-year-old man, who may only be identified as YZ, of falsely imprisoning and intentionally causing serious harm to Mr Lunney.

The fourth accused - Luke O'Reilly (68), from Kilcogy, Co Cavan - wept as the court announced his acquittal.

The convicted men will be sentenced on November 22nd.

In a statement on behalf of himself and his family, Mr Lunney thanked the gardaí, PSNI, Director of Public Prosecutions and the judges "for their diligence, time and effort in bringing the investigation and trial to this point".

Friends and strangers

He thanked all who supported his family at the time of, and since the attack, "most especially my colleagues at Mannok [formerly Quinn Industrial Holdings], the local community and the countless friends and strangers for their prayers and well wishes".

He also expressed "sincere gratitude to the wider community for their exceptional level of assistance...

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