Sunday 24 September 2017

Boy (12) took gun away after shooting, trial told

Accused's son brought Glock to neighbour's house

Michael Lynch’s mother Mary
Michael Lynch’s mother Mary
Anthony Kelly arriving at Limerick Court yesterday

Barry Duggan

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy took a Glock pistol to a neighbour's house after his father used it to shoot a young man in a row, a court heard yesterday.

Anthony Kelly (50) is on trial in Limerick Circuit Criminal Court arising out of an incident in which Michael Lynch (27) was shot in the back near Mr Kelly's home on October 28, 2009.

The victim survived.

Mr Kelly has pleaded not guilty to possession of a Glock semi-automatic pistol with intent to endanger life on that date .

Mr Lynch's mother, Mary, said she returned home the night before the shooting and there was an argument between her son, Gerard, and Jessica Kelly -- Anthony's daughter. Her other son Michael was also there.

Ms Lynch said Jessica left, saying she was going to fetch her father who was "going to come down and sort the whole lot of us out."

Witness told the court she went to the Kelly home in O'Malley Park, Southill, as she didn't want him to get the wrong story.

While there she exchanged blows with Jessica before returning home to her sons. She said her face was scratched and bleeding.

"My two sons were very angry and said they were going up to Jessica about it."

She followed them to Kelly's home and the two men argued with Kelly.

"Anthony Kelly told me: 'If you don't take them away, I'll shoot them'," Ms Lynch said.

She said her sons were standing on the road and Anthony Kelly was at his home.

"The next thing I can remember is Anthony Kelly pulling a gun from behind his back and pointing it."

She said the defendant fired three shots from a black gun in his yard before running outside after her sons. Her son was struck by the fourth shot as he ran away..

Prosecuting counsel John O'Sullivan said it was the State's case that shortly after the shooting incident, Daniel Kelly (12) -- a son of the accused -- took certain items to the home of Tony McDonald in O'Malley Park.

Mr O'Sullivan said one of the items was the gun used in the shooting.

The Glock pistol was found with another handgun and ammunition in a bucket a month later.

The gun was shown to Judge Carroll Moran.

Michael Lynch was shot once through the back, with the exit wound in his upper arm.

A jury of seven men and five women have been sworn in to hear the trial, which continues.

Irish Independent

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