Defence suggests media reports influenced recall

The defence counsel for one of the five men accused of kidnapping Graham McMynn built his case on a foundation of skepticism yesterday, suggesting McMynn’s memory of the abduction is unreliable.

One of the incidences that Dimitri Kontou, representing Joshua Ponicappo, pointed out regarded a green cloth that was duct taped around McMynn’s eyes and how McMynn knew police recovered it from the third house where he was held.


"I’m going to suggest to you that you were told where it was found," said Kontou.

"And I am going to suggest to you that I wasn’t," replied McMynn, adding that that was where he saw it last.

Kontou also said that the news reports that McMynn heard during and after his captivity influenced his memory and testimony.

"The information that you got from news coverage crept into your (police) interviews," he said.

McMynn was kidnapped at gunpoint and held for eight days between three houses in April 2006.

He said yesterday that when police broke the door down with a "mini battering ram" on April 12, they initially pointed a gun at him and told him to get down.

"I think I yelled, ‘I’m Graham McMynn,’ but I still got told to lie down and put my hands on the wall and stay there," he said.

the accused

  • The five men charged with kidnapping Graham McMynn were all between the ages of 19 and 22 at the time of their arrest.