Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Court hears how Dublin man held two students captive

A 28 year old man who held two students captive in their Dublin apartment and then robbed them has been jailed for five years at Dublin's Circuit Criminal Court.

Father-of-four Darren Coleman, of Croke Villas in Ballybough, Dublin has pleaded guilty to robbery, car theft and two counts of false imprisonment.

The two male students of DIT Aungier Street had been celebrating the end of their exams when their ordeal started on the 30th May 2003, at their flat at Clifden Court Apartments on Ellis Quay.

They had met two women in the city centre and invited them back, unaware that the women's boyfriends were following them.

The women left the apartment's security doors open to allow the raiders burst in a short time later.

The students were threatened, tied up with bedsheets and curtains for about an hour and forced to give the pin numbers to their mobile phones and bank cards.

The court heard that the two men feared for their life, and were so traumatised by the incident that they dropped out of college and have not been back to Dublin since.

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