Northern Ireland

Bobby Tohill kidnap: Man remanded in custody

Mr Tohill was found in a van intercepted by police in Belfast
Image caption Mr Tohill was found in a van intercepted by police in Belfast

A man extradited from the Republic of Ireland over the kidnap of dissident republican Bobby Tohill has appeared at Belfast Crown Court.

Liam Rainey, 38, from New Barnsley Crescent in Belfast was remanded in custody after being arrested in Newry.

Mr Tohill was abducted from a Belfast city centre bar in February 2004 and driven away in a van which was intercepted by police.

In December 2005, four men including Rainey, all pleaded guilty to kidnap.

The others were Henry Joseph Fitzsimmons, 42 of Spamount Street, Thomas Tolan, 40, from Ballymurphy Parade and Gerard McCrory, 39, of Dermott Hill Road.

Extradition

All four absconded as they were due to be sentenced in May 2006.

Tolan and McCrory were arrested and in January 2007 were jailed for six-and-a-half years and seven years respectively.

Fitzsimmons was arrested in Aughnacloy in March and was sentenced to eight years imprisonment in April.

Rainey was arrested in May 2010 in County Meath and had been awaiting extradition.

Remanding Rainey on Thursday, Lord Justice Girvan warned he faced a similar sentence to that handed down to his fellow kidnappers.

The judge had suggested passing sentence within a fortnight but agreed to adjourn the matter until later next month while a pre-sentence report is obtained.

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