Northern Ireland

Directors of firm formerly know as Quinn Industrial Holdings still facing credible death threats

Mannok director John McCartin
Mannok director John McCartin Mannok director John McCartin

DIRECTORS of the company formerly know as Quinn Industrial Holdings are still taking safety precautions in the face of credible death threats.

John McCartin, a director of Cavan-based packaging firm Mannok, made the revelation following the sentencing of three men who abducted and tortured his fellow director Kevin Lunney in 2019.

The men were handed lengthy sentences at the Republic's Special Criminal Court earlier this week.

The 51-year-old was kidnapped close to his Co Fermanagh home before having his leg broken and the letters QIH carved into his chest.

In a victim impact statement read at a sentence hearing for three men found guilty of the crime, Mr Lunney said a "greater torment" than his physical pain was knowing the "anguish" his wife and children had experienced.

It emerged during RTÉ's Prime Time on Tuesday night, that some directors of the Cavan-based company remain under threat.

Mr McCartin confirmed that both Gardaí and the PSNI had informed the men of credible death threats.

"You have to, at all times, be cognisant of the need to change patterns that might become recognisable," he said.

Mr McCartin paid tribute to Mr Lunney's strength and resolve throughout the ordeal that has seen a number of his colleagues targeted.

"His ability to put this behind him and his focus on working for his community and business is remarkable," Mr McCartin said of Mr Lunney.

He said the "flag is up" for whoever was ultimately responsible for ordering his fellow director's abduction and torture, saying it will lead to nowhere but jail.

"One would have to sit up and listen to what Mr Justice Hunt said when he passed down the sentences. His comments I imagine will not be lost on whoever procured and financed and expected to benefit from these acts of criminality," Mr McCartin said.

He said the Garda commissioner had already indicated that he has the "bit between his teeth" in relation to the case, and that the resources and resolve of investigators would cause anyone involved in the crime to worry.

Mr McCartin stressed that a "very, very small number of people" were involved in the "acts of criminality".

The non-jury court imposed a 30-year sentence on a man known as YZ, who the media are unable to name for legal reasons.

A 25-year sentence and a 15-year term were imposed on two other men who also falsely imprisoned and caused harm to Mr Lunney at a yard in Ballinagh, Co Cavan.

The sentencing judge, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said the sentences that the most severe penalties should be reserved for those who finance or benefit from such crimes.