“Blinded” man (24) who kidnapped his ex-wife and drove across the border is sentenced to five years in prison


A “deluded” ex-husband who kidnapped his former partner and drove her across the border during a 24-hour ordeal has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Ublin District Court heard Garda negotiators were involved in the case, in which the woman was denied food and was only allowed to use the roadside toilet once.

The 24-year-old man, who cannot be named as one of the charges under the Domestic Violence Act, was convicted today after pleading guilty to false detention and violating a protection order.

Evidence showed that the victim was outside a salon in west Dublin on September 20 last year when she was approached by the accused.

He was informed that there was a protection order against him to which he replied it means nothing, shove it up your ass.

The man left but returned a short time later and pushed his ex-wife to his car before forcing her inside.

The woman screamed and screamed and tried to open the doors, which were fitted with a child lock.

Inspector Niamh Guckian said he then drove off and made a video recording in the car, which he sent to the complainant’s father to “mock” him.

He also said that if they “come out of the free state, there would be another police force” and that there was nothing Gardaí could do.

The court heard he gave the woman nothing to eat and only let her go to the roadside toilet once.

The man made repeated promises to bring his wife back, but continued until they crossed the border into Enniskillen.

Family members had been in contact with him to return, while he also received a message from a Garda hostage negotiator.

Once the woman tried to flee, but the defendant grabbed her and forced her back into the car.

The court heard that armed members of the PSNI came upon the couple, but the victim did not raise the alarm after her ex-husband swore “by his family” that he would take her home.

They walked on and when it was clear he wasn’t going to give her back, she started crying and got emotional.

Insp Guckian told the court they then stayed in the car overnight in a parking lot until 8am the next morning.

After further discussions with family members, he said he was taking the woman home.

They were stopped at a checkpoint in West Dublin around 24 hours after the initial hijacking, and when the Gardaí on duty realized that “something was wrong” they ordered him to surrender.

The victim got out of the vehicle, but her ex-husband fled the scene. The next day he turned himself in to the Gardaí and was arrested.

During Garda interviews, he claimed he “grabbed” his ex-wife, which the court said was a “travel custom.”

However, Insp. Guckian added that this was not the case and agreed with the lawyer that the defendant’s account was “inherently misleading”.

She added that the injured party did not want to appear in court or testify about the victim’s impact, but said she “remained afraid of the defendant.”

The court heard the man had a 66 criminal record and was on bail for a series of felonies at the time.

Judge Martin Nolan noted that he had “many” prior convictions for theft and hit-and-run driving.

Defense attorneys contended that his client committed an “unbridled, immature, and willful act” and that he had a “deluded and archaic view” of his marriage, which had dissolved.

According to the court, this was due to the infidelity of the accused.

The attorney added that his client was remorseful that he was working for Amazon at the time of the crime and asked the court to consider the defendant’s early guilty plea.

Judge Nolan said the applicant was “terrified” and was dealing with an “unpredictable person” when he grabbed her.

He added that the man could not accept the end of his marriage and that depriving someone of their liberty was a “particularly serious” matter.

The judge said that as of today, taking all the circumstances into account, he sentenced the man to five years in prison for wrongful imprisonment.

Judge Nolan also said he acknowledged that the defendant has spent some time in custody since the crime. “Blinded” man (24) who kidnapped his ex-wife and drove across the border is sentenced to five years in prison

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