An Irish property developer, who went missing for eight months, has told police that he was kidnapped and tortured by the Russian mafia.
Kevin McGeever, 68, was found wandering, lost and emaciated on a country road, apparently with the word “thief” carved across his forehead.
He is recovering in hospital in Mullingar in County Westmeath, Ireland, after being found by motorists on remote road earlier this week.
He said the kidnappers, who he linked to the Russian mafia and the IRA according to the Irish Daily Mail, had held him in a “darkened container”.
They demanded a ransom for his safe release, he said, but did not know whether any money had been paid.
The millionaire was dishevelled, with a long beard and long nails and had lost about five stone in weight when he was found.
Mr McGeever was being treated last night for dehydration, malnutrition and exhaustion as he began to recover after his long ordeal.
The Irish Independent reported that Mr McGeever had been mutilated with an insult, the word “thief”, carved across his forehead.
Catherine Vallely discovered the missing millionaire when she was out driving near Ballinamore in County Leitrim. “He had red trousers that made me think what I could see was just a traffic cone in the middle of the road,” she said.
“I stopped and when the man got into our car he told us he had no shoes on. He said three men had thrown him out of a van.
“The man said his name was Kevin and he didn’t realise he was in Leitrim. He didn’t even know the month.
“He was rubbing his beard with fingers that had long nails.
“He was very well-educated, well-spoken and polite and articulate. He was just skin and bones.”
Throughout the Irish economy’s boom years, Mr McGeever sold luxurious homes in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. He lives in a £2.6 million mansion and runs a fleet of expensive cars, including a Porsche and two Hummers.
Mr McGeever’s initials KMM were branded across the side of his personal helicopter, a EC120 Eurocopter, in which he flew around the around the country on business trips.
He had been reported missing from his home in Craughwell, County Galway, last June by his partner Siobhán O’Callaghan.