Facebook Print NewsBreaking newsJury to deliberate tiger kidnap trial verdictBy Staff Reporter – October 24, 2013 818 WhatsApp Previous articleBasketball Ireland weekend previewNext articleMunster name side to face Glasgow Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The jury in the trial of man accused of kidnapping the son of a post mistress will begin their deliberations today. 34-year-old Zachary Coughlan Ryan with an address at Brennan’s Row, Cathedral Place, is alleged to have been one of three men armed and masked who kidnapped Stephen Cusack and his friend Niall Reddan from a house in Castletroy in August of last year. The accused pleaded not guilty to the false imprisonment of the two men on August 19/20, 2012.After four weeks of evidence, the jury heard evidence from the two injured parties and a number of witnesses over duration of the trial. The jury of 11 heard that a €500,000 ransom was demanded for the safe release of Stephen Cusack. They also heard that Coughlan Ryan dyed his hair a number of days after the alleged incident took place.Limerick Circuit Court was told that Stephen Cusack, the son of a Limerick post mistress and his friend, Niall Reddan, were bundled into a pick-up truck and taken to a derelict house in County Limerick. A ransom demand of €500,000 was made to Mr Cusack’s family for his safe release.Tara Troy told the court that she bought hair dye for Zachary Coughlan-Ryan three days after the alleged kidnapping.A resident of Johnsgate but formerly of Brennan’s Row, the 30-year-old mother said she knew Coughlan-Ryan after she met him with others in August 2012. He had stayed overnight on her couch a number of occasions.Coughlan-Ryan called to her home on the night of the alleged kidnap shortly after 8pm and stayed for a number of hours before leaving sometime after 11pm. He returned after 2pm when he knocked on her window and stayed for the remainder of the night.Replying to defence counsel Brendan Nix SC, Ms Troy said she spoke to two gardaí within the last week and they told her what to say in evidence.Sgt Mary Walsh attached to Henry Street Garda Station told the court that the accused man was selected in an identity parade by one of the alleged kidnap victims.The trial, one of the longest to run at Limerick Circuit Court in recent times, had entered its fourth week as evidence concluded with Ms Troy confirming that she bought blonde hair dye for the accused in the days after the alleged kidnap.Evidence was also given about mobile phone usage as well as the movements and calls made by a number of parties involved in the case.The trial before Judge Carroll Moran had earlier heard Stephen Cusack and Niall Reddan give evidence of being bound and gagged at gunpoint a house in Castletroy on the night of August 19/20, 2012.Niall Reddan said he was told he would be kneecapped by his abductors who identified themselves as Continuity IRA.The kidnappers told him he would be killed if he looked at their faces. He was also told that Stephen Cusack would be killed if he told the gardaí about the kidnap when he was released on a county Limerick roadway.Both alleged victims told the trial at Limerick Circuit that two men took them from the house while a third man waited outside. The were armed and masked.In closing speeches, John O’Sullivan prosecution for the State said that it was “absurd” to think that the two young men made up the story of being kidnapped. “They are two truthful and reliable stories from young lads”, said Mr O’Sullivan who added that there is “consistencies in their stories”. Mr O’Sullivan added that it was “fanciful and nonsensical” to think that they made up the story of being kidnapped. Defence Counsel Brendan Nix SC told the jury that the gardai did not investigate the incident thoroughly and that one of the injured parties had prior knowledge of the events before the kidnap unfolded. Judge Carroll Moran gave his charge to the jury and sent the jury to deliberate their verdict. Twitter Email Advertisement Linkedin
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Post-Traumatic Press SyndromeAfter visiting Occupy camps across the country in the final four months of 2011, I released a travelogue called 99 Nights with the 99 Percent in March of the following year. My promotional run was rife with rhetorical bloodbaths, one of which was with right-wing firebrand Andrew Breitbart, who died just two days after our spat on conservative radio. Along with tales of my ensuing war with his insanely xenophobic legionnaires, my latest project, I Killed Breitbart, revisits a number of intense confrontations including my violent arrest in Manhattan on the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. Below is an excerpt from a chapter called “Center of Aggression,” some of which takes place on Hempstead Turnpike—outside of the second presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama—exactly one month after my run-in with police.October 17, 2012Due to limited movement in my crooked arm, I wasn’t supposed to cover the inevitable protests outside of the presidential debate at Hofstra University yesterday. But an emergency summoned me back to my native Long Island, so I skipped out on family responsibilities for about five hours to sample the madness, and to get away from the hospice where my grandmother was slipping away. Harsh reality of life and death aside, it felt good to be home; despite all of the warranted abuse that the Gold Coast gets for harboring shallow guidos, it’s a truly complex and diverse social arena that exposed me to the entire cultural and economic spectrum from a young age.As was made clear in the national debate coverage that obsessed over the wealth out here, outsiders don’t typically understand Long Island. Even their generalizations are misguided. It’s not exclusively for billionaires and Buttafuccos; even stereotypically, the stretch also claims blue collar cats like Billy Joel, and hood legends like the rappers PMD and Prodigy, the latter of whom was raised in the same town where last night’s presidential showdown took place. Even with its little rap fame, though, in the shadow of its glitz and glory, Nassau and Suffolk counties have some of the poorest communities in New York State.Because of those disparate groups, the same Island that’s best known for self-involved shoppers and East Hampton luxury actually turned out a substantial number of anti-establishment demonstrators. Hours before the debate, an excess of 200 heads showed up across Hempstead Turnpike from Hofstra, and that was before crews from Occupy the East End and Occupy Long Island arrived flanked by a brigade of Wall Street allies.I was on the ground for less than five minutes when two Nassau cops stopped and frisked a young man with a dark complexion. He was about 50 yards outside of the designated protest zone—not far from where America’s first black president was about to debate—and bothering no one. Officers let the kid go after their search yielded nothing—and after representatives from the New York Civil Liberties Union walked up to scare them. Still, the thought of getting arrested with my arm in such bad repair turned my stomach; for a split second, I felt a heightened pain as if my elbow was warning me to keep safe. In order to gain access to the allotted picket pen, people had to have their bags searched. So while the pink-clad Planned Parenthood parade and a handful of other pro-Obama cheerleaders entered the designated cage, most people who came to hoot and holler rejected the corral, and set up with their grievances about two blocks away, and closer to the main Hofstra entrance. There, the scrum was action-packed, with such magnificent annoyances as Catholics, Tea Partiers, and the Torah Jews against Zionism screaming at each other in a symphony of outrage. Also rolling deep were the cult of long-shot presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche, plus his perennial opponent Vermin Supreme, and a requisite posse of right-wingers holding placards filled with images of mangled fetuses.In the orgy of agenda items, some of the most fascinating screeds came from a group called Young Evangelicals for Climate Action. They’re not a comedy troupe—I checked—but rather an anomalous sect of college students who live in equal fear of global warming and Jesus. YECA activist Curtis Witek says that, unlike older Evangelicals who think we’re all going to burn, he believes that God is restoring the world. Fine by me.The hardcore conservatives outside of Hofstra were less kind. After berating a group of Sudanese peace workers who were speaking in the designated zone, about two dozen Tea Partiers walked their flags down Hempstead Turnpike to scold passing cars. They shouted loudly for about an hour—overpowering thrice as many Obama boosters on the same corner—until more than 100 Occupiers showed up to piss in their kettle. Frustrated, the Tea Party faction screamed a bit, then fizzled out.Entertaining as they were, the aforementioned spectacles all came secondary to yesterday’s major protest moment—the arrest of Green presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate, anti-poverty activist Cheri Honkala. After being jailed for trying to enter the arena, they were handcuffed in place and left in isolation for hours. As things go with third party candidates, the humiliation of Stein—for nothing more than seeking a fair playing field—hardly registered in the media.In the least, it all made for a relevant metaphor. Not unlike the Hofstra stage, where Barack Obama and Mitt Romney enjoyed a debate without any mention of the Green party or poverty, Long Island is populated by over-groomed douchebags; there are plenty of poor and middle class people here, too, but from the outside looking in, they might as well be invisible.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 49-year-old Syosset man died Friday night after his car left the road and slammed into a house in Huntington, Suffolk County police said.James A. Spillane was driving a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder west on Woodhull Road at 11:38 p.m., when the vehicle veered to the left, traveled across a lawn and crashed into the northeast corner of the house, police said.Spillane was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A preliminary investigation by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office indicated that Spillane may have suffered a medical emergency prior to leaving the road. Police did not elaborate.The crash caused minor damage to the house, police said. None of the residents was injured.The Pathfinder was impounded for a safety check. Detectives ask anyone with information on the crash to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.