Two years for demanding money in fake kidnapping


A man who took part in a fake kidnap to get money from the father of the “victim” has been jailed for two years.

Ciarán Sweeney (40) pleaded guilty, before Judge Martin Nolan, to his part in demanding €50,000 from Willie Ward snr after the father was sent photographs of his son bound and held at gunpoint.

Mr Ward’s son Liam was previously jailed for three years after posing for the fake abduction photos and telling his father: “If you love me, you’ll pay”.

Sweeney of Millrace Square, Moneymore, Co Tyrone, pleaded guilty to making an unwarranted demand for money in Clondalkin, Dublin, on February 14th, 2007.

He is already serving a sentence for the importation of over €60,000 worth of drugs.