Kevin Lunney abduction: Suspect Cyril McGuinness dies

Cyril McGuinness

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Cyril McGuinness had greater than 50 earlier convictions

The primary suspect within the investigation into the kidnap and torture of a Northern Irish businessman has died throughout a police raid in Derbyshire.

Cyril McGuinness, 54, grew to become sick as police searched his dwelling in Buxton on Friday morning.

That search was a part of a joint police operation throughout the UK and Eire by which nearly 20 properties had been raided.

Quinn Industrial Holdings govt Kevin Lunney was overwhelmed and tortured by three males in an assault on 17 September.

Police say the raids at houses and companies in Derrylin in NI, Cavan, Longford and Dublin within the Republic of Eire and Derbyshire had been “important”.

McGuinness had been a goal of the police on each side of the Irish border for years and had greater than 50 earlier convictions.

Who was Cyril McGuinness?

A convicted smuggler, Cyril McGuinness was often known as “Dublin Jimmy” and had an in depth legal report.

The 54-year-old from Derrylin, County Fermanagh, was uncovered by a BBC Highlight investigation in 2004 into the unlawful transport of waste.

In 2007, he acquired a suspended sentence after he admitted 22 costs regarding the unlawful transport of waste from the Republic of Eire to Scotland, through Northern Eire.

In 2011, he was extradited to Belgium to serve a seven-year jail time period for stealing vehicles and cranes which had been delivered to Eire.

He was described in a 2008 European extradition warrant as an “energetic member of an Irish legal organisation”.

In April of that 12 months, McGuinness was stopped by Serbian police close to the Croatian border. After they realised he was topic to a Europe-wide warrant, he was extradited to Bruges.

He confronted costs in Bruges, however left the nation after being granted bail, and was convicted in his absence.

McGuinness was the principle suspect within the kidnapping and intensely violent assault on 50-year-old Mr Lunney, who was kidnapped as he was driving dwelling from work in Kinawley, County Fermanagh.

The daddy-of-six had his leg damaged, was slashed with a knife and doused with bleach in a two-and-a-half hour ordeal.

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Media captionKevin Lunney was driving dwelling from work in Kinawley when he was attacked on 17 September

He had the letters “QIH” cut into his chest with a Stanley knife, and instructed BBC NI’s Highlight programme this week that he feared that he would by no means see his spouse and youngsters once more.

After the assault, Mr Lunney was dumped by a highway in County Cavan, 22 miles (35km) away, the place he was discovered by a member of the general public.

By Julian O’Neill BBC Information NI House Affairs Correspondent

Police on each side of the border are below stress to get outcomes, following a long-running sequence of threats and different incidents.

The marketing campaign towards Quinn Industrial Holdings and senior employees has spanned a number of years.

There have been scores of incidents, however to this point no people have been charged.

The kidnapping of Kevin Lunney represented a big ratcheting up of issues.

Police within the border area have given precedence to the investigation and the size of the co-ordinated searches seems to signify a serious response.

As a part of the newest police operation, PSNI are enterprise 5 searches in Derrylin, County Fermanagh, whereas in England police in Derbyshire are additionally conducting a search operation.

Gardai (Irish police) stated 100 officers had been concerned in looking 5 places in County Cavan, three in County Longford and 4 in Dublin. 

They stated these are a mix of home dwellings and business/enterprise premises.

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Posters like this are a part of a marketing campaign to intimidate Kevin Lunney and different administrators, a courtroom heard in March

PSNI Dt Ch Insp Julie Mullan stated: “This was a really horrific crime and we proceed to work carefully with our colleagues in An Garda Siochana and now additionally Derbyshire Constabulary to try to convey the perpetrators to justice.”

Prior to now week, indicators close to the headquarters of QIH in Derrylin, County Fermanagh, attacking the administrators have been eliminated and the Police Service of Northern Eire has elevated patrols and checkpoints within the space.

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Kevin Lunney was overwhelmed and tortured on 17 September

In the meantime, the administrators of Quinn Industrial Holdings have rejected a suggestion to fulfill members of the Quinn household, the Irish News has reported.

It stated Sean Quinn junior had made the supply in a press release to BBC Highlight NI.

In 2014, the businesses comprising Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) had been purchased over by six businessmen together with former associates of his father Sean Quinn.

Mr Lunney, who had labored with Sean Quinn for a few years and remained loyal to him after he misplaced management of the empire, was reinstated as a director and Mr Quinn was employed as a advisor.

However Mr Quinn left this function in 2016 and later stated he was compelled out and his household had been “stabbed within the again”.