A Meath cattle dealer has escaped with his life after being kidnapped and held ransom in a shipping container in Castlederg on the Tyrone and Donegal border the BBC has reported.
Paul Gogan was held hostage and was threatened with being killed or having his fingers cut off over a debt of £227,000.
The gang who kidnapped him demanded €400,000 euro of which 100k was eventually paid by the victims father.
Gogan was later released on reciept of this payment.
Police then arrested Scottish businessman Robert Vevers and four other men from County Tyrone who pleaded guilty to the various offences relating to the kidnapping. Vevers claimed Gogan owed him the £227k over a livestock deal debt.
The PSNI have said the victim suffered a terryfing ordeal.
[PSNI photos of inside the shipping container where Gogan was held.]
Det Ch Insp Raymond Murray said:
"He didn't know whether he was going to live, he didn't know whether he was going to die - he didn't know if he did live, was he going to come out hurt, permanently injured, with fingers cut off.’
Gogan was given no sanitation and little water and food.
Murray commented on the trial of the kidnappers saying:
"We overcame a number of criminal justice hurdles to convict five individuals in relation to a very, very serious crime."
The presiding judge said that Vevers had 'sold his soul' when he contacted criminals to help him recover his debt.
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