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26 Jun 2022

Two men arrested in relation to incident in Midlands where security guard was attacked and locked in boot of car

The men are in custody in Portlaoise Garda Station

Portlaoise Garda Station

Portlaoise Garda Station

Gardaí in Laois have arrested two Carlow men in relation to an incident in which an Irish Rail security guard was locked in the boot of his car following a violent attack as he arrived to work earlier this month.

The men, both aged in their 30s, are in custody in Portlaoise Garda Station where they are being questioned in relation to the incident which occurred in a rural location in Kilbricken, Mountrath last Tuesday, December 5.

Apart from detaining the suspects in relation to the attack, the men are also being questioned about a quantity of cable which is missing from the compound. 

The incident on December 5 occurred at approximately 5am. As the victim arrived for work, he was approached by a number of men and attacked. He was left in the boot of the car for up to ten hours. He was only freed when a relief co-worker came on duty at approximately 3 pm. 

The man's mobile phone was taken during the incident. It is believed that its subsequent location has played a vital role in the arrests made.

It is understood that the victim was taken to Portlaoise hospital and transferred to the Eye and Ear Hospital in Dublin for surgery on his eye. It is understood that he is still having difficulty recovering his vision.

The Express understands that men may be brought before a sitting of Portlaoise District Court on Friday morning.

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