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Bobby Tohill kidnapper arrested by police

Scales of justice

A north Belfast man who was on the run for four years over the kidnap and attack on dissident republican Bobby Tohill has been remanded in custody.

A detective told Belfast Crown Court Henry Joseph Fitzsimmons, 41, had been arrested in Aughnacloy on Thursday.

Fitzsimmons, from Spamount Street in north Belfast, was part of a gang who abducted Mr Tohill from a city centre bar and bundled him into a van in 2004.

Police managed to intercept the van near Castle Street.

The four men all failed to turn up to be sentenced in May 2006.

All four, Fitzsimmons, Thomas Tolan, 39, from Ballymurphy Parade, Gerard McCrory, 38, of Dermott Hill Road and Liam Rainey from New Barnsley Crescent, pleaded guilty to kidnap.

Since then Tolan and McCrory have been arrested and in January 2007, were jailed for six-and-a-half years and seven years respectively.

Liam Rainey is still being sought by the police.

Lord Justice Girvan remanded Fitzsimmons into custody and said he will sentence him next month, after the Easter break.

Fitzsimmons was originally arrested in Dundalk, County Louth and was brought before the High Court in Dublin last December on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.



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