Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Tycoon 'had gun held to his head'

Kevin McGeever was threatened at gunpoint during his captivity, his brother has said
Kevin McGeever was threatened at gunpoint during his captivity, his brother has said

The brother of a developer believed to have been held hostage for eight months has revealed he was threatened at gunpoint during his captivity.

Property tycoon Kevin McGeever, who vanished last summer, was found wandering barefoot on a rural road in the west of Ireland last week.

His brother Brendan revealed his kidnappers handed him notes warning him he had two more days to live.

"They put a gun to his forehead one time and he said 'do it now, do it now, I've made my peace with my God, I'm ready'," said Mr McGeever. "And that happened quite a few times, that wasn't just the once."

The developer, originally from Swinford in Co Mayo, had been living in a gated mansion in neighbouring county Galway when he disappeared last June.

The dishevelled 68-year-old had a long beard, hair and finger nails when found and in a malnourished and dehydrated state near Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, on Tuesday, January 29. He had lost several stone in weight and remains in hospital in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, where he has been interviewed by investigators.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said the investigation is in its "early days" and that gardai were teasing out all of the aspects of the case.

Mr McGeever revealed that despite a number of calls from gardai when his brother was reported missing, he was mesmerised when he heard from a journalist last Friday saying he had been found.

He said he did not know what to think until he came face to face with his brother, who looked like "a weather-beaten 90-year-old man who was just released from a concentration camp".

Mr McGeever does not believe his brother will ever recover from his ordeal and will remain in hospital for a long time. "It's like asking someone who's just released from a concentration camp when do you think you'll be going back to work," he said.

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