Northern Ireland

Man charged over Omagh kidnapping refused bail

An Omagh man charged in connection with the kidnapping a cattle dealer has been refused bail.

Matthew McLean, 22, from Glenpark Road, is also accused of false imprisonment and blackmail.

The charges relate to the alleged kidnapping of an Essex cattle dealer, who was held for four days earlier this month and released when 100,000 euros were handed over by his father.

Mr McLean was remanded to appear in court by video link on 6 November.

District Judge Bernie Kelly accepted the police and prosecution's objections that the accused may interfere with witnesses or commit further offences and also that the money handed over had not yet been recovered.

But she warned the police and prosecution that she expected "├╝ber-efficiency" in any investigation where individuals were already in custody.

Another man, 39-year-old Patrick Noel McCaul from Slieveard Rise, Omagh, did not apply for bail.

He was also remanded in custody to appear again by video link on the same date.

A 55-year-old who was arrested in Scotland and brought to Northern Ireland has also been charged in connection with the incident.

Police investigating the kidnapping arrested two teenagers, aged 17 and 18, on Tuesday.

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