The Supreme Court has overturned an order to reserve the identity of one of the men found guilty of kidnapping and causing serious bodily injury to businessman Kevin Lunney.
Alan Harte, 40, was last month sentenced to 30 years in prison by special crime without a jury Court (SCC) for causing serious harm and arresting the director of Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) in 2019.
During his probationary period, Mr. Harte, located at Island Quay Apartments East Wall, Dublin 3, known as “YZ” because he will be put on trial before the Central Criminal Court in connection with an unrelated murder charge.
However, his order to protect his anonymity was rescinded yesterday by Justice Charles Meenan.
Citing Article 34 of the Irish constitution, which says justice must be done publicly, the judge said he could see “no basis” to continue the order.
The judge also said that legal defenses remained available to Mr Harte regarding any bias he claimed he would suffer as a result of any publicity arising from the trial. and his conviction by the SCC.
In sentencing Harte in December, Mr. Justice Tony Hunt at SCC described Harte as “the ringleader” and responsible for most of Mr Lunney’s injuries.
Two other men involved in the kidnapping and assault of the businessman, Alan O’Brien and Darren Redmond was also given lengthy prison sentences by the SCC.
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The court heard that Mr. Lunney, had been abducted while driving home.
The court heard that Mr Lunney was pulled from the vehicle by two men before Harte approached, held a Stanley knife in Mr Lunney’s face and told him to get in the trunk.
Harte drove with two accomplices to take Lunney to a remote ranch, where they stripped him of his shorts, doused him with bleach, broke his shinbone with two knives and punched him with a wooden stick. him, cut him in the face with a Stanley. knife and carved the word QIH into his chest.
The men have asked Mr Lunney to resign from his position with the QIH and end the legal proceedings he has been involved in in Belfast and Dublin.
Delivering the SCC’s ruling, Mr. Justice Hunt said that Harte was “involved heavily in the crime before, during and after its rose. “
SCC is pleased that Harte was the driver of the vehicle used to bring Mr Lunney onto the field and that he was “responsible for causing most of Mr Lunney’s serious injuries.”
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