McGeever yet to make complaint to Garda

Wed, Feb 13, 2013, 00:00

Businessman Kevin Michael McGeever, who has said he was kidnapped and held captive for eight months, has still to make a formal statement of complaint to the Garda almost two weeks after being found on a country road.

Mr McGeever (68), who has been involved in the property sector and in recent years sold properties in Dubai, has discharged himself from Mullingar General Hospital.

Gardaí are anxious to establish what happened to Mr McGeever and to find out where he had been since last May.

However, while gardaí were waiting to interview him when he was well enough, he left hospital on Monday and has not made contact with members of the force. It is unclear where he is and when, or even if, he will speak to gardaí about what he claims happened to him.

Mr McGeever is not a suspect in relation to any events around his alleged kidnap, meaning he cannot be compelled to speak to gardaí.

Since he re-emerged and was brought to hospital, gardaí had not had an opportunity to interview him properly to establish details about his alleged ordeal.

Now that he has left hospital without leaving contact details, any progress in the Garda investigation appears to be dependent on him making a statement.

Garda sources say he appears reluctant thus far to give a full statement to the investigating team and they doubt if he wants to progress the matter to a full criminal investigation.

Gardaí are no closer to establishing where he has been since last May and will likely be unable to progress the matter without a statement of complaint.

Dishevelled and disorientated

He was found by passersby between Swanlinbar and Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, last Thursday week. He was dishevelled and disorientated, with the word “thief” inked on his forehead.

His only possession was a new mobile phone with one number on it. He said he was kidnapped from his home in Craughwell, Co Galway, on May 27th and held in a dark room before being driven to a location and released.

He had been in Mullingar General Hospital since. He had lost several stone and had injuries, including to his knee.