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UK News Kevin Lunney BBC Spotlight programme reveals shocking details of brutal kidnap and torture

11:05  06 november  2019
11:05  06 november  2019 Source:   belfastlive.co.uk

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Photograph: BBC Spotlight . Kevin Lunney , the Fermanagh businessman who was kidnapped and tortured Kevin Lunney says captors worked through ‘list of brutally specific. Kevin Lunney will detail his traumatic ordeal to the BBC Spotlight NI programme later this evening. www.thejournal.ie.

Image copyright BBC NI Spotlight . Image caption Cyril McGuinness had more than 50 convictions. The main suspect in the investigation into the kidnap and torture of a Northern Ireland businessman has Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) executive Kevin Lunney was beaten by a gang in on 17 September.

The gang who kidnapped Quinn executive Kevin Lunney subjected him to torture from a pre-prepared list, it is believed.

Mr Lunney said the men spoke to a “boss” by phone after he had been bundled into the boot of a car.

And they told him: ‘We have to rough you up, we have to mark you and we have to make you remember.’

Mr Lunney had ‘QIH’, the initials of business he leads, carved into his chest with a Stanley knife during the ordeal.

And he suffered a litany of other injuries including cuts and slashes doused with bleach and his right leg smashed, before being in September.

The Quinn executive Kevin Lunney spoke publicly last night for the first time about his terrifying kidnapping, being dragged off at knife point, seriously assaulted and later dumped on a country road in just his underwear.

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Image copyright BBC NI Spotlight . The main suspect in the investigation into the kidnap and torture of a NI businessman died from a suspected "cardiac event" during his arrest, an inquest has Image caption Kevin Lunney sustained a broken leg and other injuries during a two-and-a-half ordeal.

Mr Lunney spoke to Jim Fitzpatrick for BBC Spotlight .

Seven weeks on, the Co Fermanagh man bears deep physical and emotional scars and last night recalled how he was pulled from his jeep metres from home before being hooded and bundled into the boot of a car.

On September 18, thugs torched Mr Lunney’s jeep and his terrified older brother Tony had to wait to discover if there was a body inside it as firefighters worked to put out the blaze.

But as Tony Lunney waited for news, Kevin Lunney was in the boot of a car being driven south by his kidnappers.

He said he was forced into a horse box in a country yard in Co Cavan and subjected to torture on orders of a gang master.

While being restrained by two men, a third worked through the gruesome list of injuries to inflict on Mr Lunney, leaving him:

  • Repeatedly cut and slashed across his face, arms, legs and chest with a Stanley knife,
  • Smashed across his leg twice with a wooden post, and,
  • Doused head to foot in bleach.

Mr Lunney, 50, was finally forced on pain of death to agree to resign from the Quinn construction supplies firm along with three other directors.

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And before he was driven away from the yard and dumped, he had the letters ‘QIH’ carved into his chest with a Stanley knife as a chilling reminder of his attacker’s message.

As the nightmare unfolded Mr Lunney had tried to escape from the boot of the moving car only to be beaten and put back in.

a close up of a man with a beard looking at the camera: Kevin Lunney speaking on BBC Spotlight © BBC Kevin Lunney speaking on BBC Spotlight

He heard one of his kidnappers call an other and say: ‘Boss, this man’s resisted and we’ve hit him.’

Mr Lunney explained: “So this was reporting back to somebody, I don’t know who.

“Some time later the car stopped and the kidnappers opened the boot. The same guy who had the Stanley knife said, ‘Do you know why you’re here?’ and I said no.

“He said, ‘It’s because of QIH - and that’s how he referred to the business. ‘And you’re going to resign.’ So I said yes if that’s what you want me to do.”

“They took me out at this stage, and put a bag over my head. One of them started with the Stanley knife on my fingers and I initially thought he’s going to cut my fingers off.

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Mr Lunney , a director at Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH), was abducted outside his home near Derrylin, Co Fermanagh last September and taken to a horsebox across the border In December, four men were remanded in custody at a court in Co Cavan charged with the kidnap and torture of Mr Lunney .

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“But he started underneath each nail running the Stanley knife quite hard and deep so it was bleeding. I think they thought that I had his DNA or some other DNA on his fingers, and then there was talk of bleach.

“[They told me] ‘kneel down’ they put the bag tighter over my head and hands behind my back and they tied me with cable ties.

“I was thinking that it wasn’t a good place to be, are they going to shoot me or what, I thought I wouldn’t see the children, I thought they wanted to make it permanent. I was praying a bit.

Mr Lunney spoke exclusively to Jim Fitzpatrick for BBC Spotlight from his home.

He explained the horror ordeal in detail, his voice breaking with emotion as he recalled:

  • Trying to escape from the moving car,
  • Praying to survive, and,
  • His fears of dying alone on a country road.

Inside the horse box Mr Lunney was doused with bleach, directly into slash wounds caused by a Stanley knife.

He said: “He poured the bleach over my hands and that was very, very sore. Then he started with a cloth and rubbed my hands while they were still tied. It was agony. I could smell the bleach.

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© BBC Spotlight /Press Association Images Undated BBC handout photo of Kevin Lunney , a businessman from County Fermanagh, who speaks for the first time about his abduction in September, which left him injured and branded, on tonight's BBC Spotlight programme on BBC Newsline.

“They started taking off my clothes, they slit my trousers on each side and my shirt.

“I can’t say it was intentional but there was a lot of fairly deep cuts on my legs. They stripped me. They started to cut my jacket [and] they cut my arms and started cutting off the cable ties, but they were extremely tight so they got the Stanley knife in so they cut off the cable ties and took off the rest of the clothes left my boxer shorts on.

“They poured the bleach over me and then they had this rag which was covered in bleach. It was excruciating pain, pure bleach going in. I was screaming I think.

“There was a squirt of bleach onto my face, into my eyes, the material blocked it bit, there were a lot of fumes. I started to cough and almost pass out.

“Then he said, ‘Go back to this thing, you’re resigning,’ and I says yes, ‘And the others are resigning, they’re all resigning.’ I said yes. I’ll tell them to resign.

“He said, ‘We know you, we’ve been watching you, we’ve seen you with your little daughter with the GAA top. You’re going to do what we say.’ I said I’ll do anything you say.

“And he said, ‘OK we believe you but if you don’t we’ll be back and we’ll be back for you and all the family and everybody’s family. We have to rough you up hold out your leg.’

“The next thing he hit it with a post, a baseball bat or a short fence post. I heard it breaking and I roared, the pain was awful. He said to the other guy, ‘Did that snap?’ and he said no. So immediately he hit it again and it was it was 100 times worse the second time.”

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“He told me, ‘Now we have to mark you as well. He took the Stanley knife and he did five or six scrapes down each side [of my face] and I started to bleed.’

“And he said, ‘ Just so that you remember why you’re here, he [carved] QIH across my chest. I think certainly the breaking the leg was on the list [of orders]. ‘We have to rough you up, we have to mark you’, and in the end with the things on my chest, it was ‘we have to make you remember’, so I think these things were on the list.

a man wearing a hat: Kevin Lunney © Press Eye Kevin Lunney

Mr Lunney recalled how he was then put in a van and dumped on a country road, with a final chilling warning.

He explained: “[I was told] ‘If you turn round and look at this van we’re going to shoot you. And if we hear you’ve given a statement to the gards, we’re going to come back and we’ll shoot you.’ As far as I was able to, ‘I said no I wont’.”

Mr Lunney crawled to a cross roads in the dark and was helped by a passing farmer.

He said: “The young guy looked at me and said, ‘What in the name of God’s going on here?’ I asked him, ‘Where am I?’ I told him who I was and said it was something to do with a dispute at Quinns - can you get the gards and get the ambulance, I’ve been attacked.

“I felt I was going to die on the road. I almost gave up, I gave up a few times an then just came back and thought about the kids and [my wife] Bronagh...and just surviving.”

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said the Irish Government has lost control of law and order in the border region, while PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne said rejected suggestions the criminals targeting Quinn executives have been operating with impunity in policing “no-go” areas.

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Chief suspect in brutal kidnap of Kevin Lunney was a multi-millionaire criminal with several aliases .
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