Man accused of attacking Kevin Lunney seeks to have charges against him dismissed

A Dublin man will apply to the Special Criminal Court later this month to dismiss charges against him of falsely imprisoning and assaulting Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney.

39-year-old Alan O’Brien with an address at Shelmalier Road, East Wall, Dublin 3, is charged with false imprisonment and assault causing serious harm to Mr Lunney at Drumbrade, Ballinagh, Co Cavan on September 17, 2019.

Mr Lunney, a father of six, was abducted close to his home in Co Fermanagh on the evening of September 17. The businessman’s leg was broken, he was doused in bleach and the letters QIH were carved into his chest during the two-and-a-half-hour ordeal before he was dumped on a roadside in Co Cavan.

The Special Criminal Court today heard an application for the dismissal of charges against the accused, known as a Section 4E hearing.

Judge Dermot Dempsey, fixed the hearing for the morning of July 29 and Mr O’Brien was remanded in custody until that date.

The defendant’s co-accused are Luke O’Reilly (66), from Mullahoran Lower, Kilcogy, Co Cavan; Darren Redmond (25), from Caledon Road, East Wall, Dublin 3 and another man who cannot be named for legal reasons. They are also accused of the same offences.