Friday 30 September 2016

CCTV footage shows murder accused walking with Laurence Keane (56) in town where he was killed, jury hears

Alison O'Riordan

Published 13/01/2016 | 17:16

On Monday at the Central Criminal Court Mr Morgan pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Keane.
On Monday at the Central Criminal Court Mr Morgan pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Keane.

A murder trial jury has heard evidence that CCTV footage shows the accused and deceased walking together in the centre of a Kildare town where the deceased was killed.

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Seamus Morgan (49) with an address at The Hollands, Athy, Co Kildare is charged with murdering Laurence Keane (56) in the town on July 19 2013.

On Monday at the Central Criminal Court Mr Morgan pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Keane.

Today Garda Declan O'Dwyer who is attached to Kildare Garda Station was called to give evidence and he told the court his duty was to collect CCTV footage from July 18 2013 in Athy.

In the first of twenty three clips of CCTV footage shown to the court, Gda O'Dwyer agreed with prosecution counsel Ms Orla Crowe BL that it showed the deceased Laurence Keane walking into an off-licence at Barrow Quay in Athy on July 18 2013 at 18.50 wearing "a hat, a t-shirt and with a stick."

In the fifth clip Gda O'Dwyer agreed with counsel that the CCTV footage showed two males walking down Leinster Street away from Marcari's take away in the direction of Barrow Bridge in Athy at 20.57.

"I believe the male closer to the road to be Seamus Morgan and the male on the inside with a stick in his hand to be Laurence Keane," said Gda O'Dwyer.

The court heard that in the ninth clip of CCTV footage at 23.31 the two men "in white tops" can be seen walking over the end of Barrow Bridge in the direction of the first entrance to St John's Lane.

In the tenth clip Gda O'Dwyer agreed with Ms Crowe that the CCTV footage showed "Laurence Keane and Seamus Morgan walking on St John's Lane" at 23.25.

On Monday prosecution counsel Mr Tom O'Connell SC told the jury of three men and nine women that it was the prosecution's case that the attack on Mr Keane which led to his death took place "shortly before midnight on July 18 2013."

In "summarising the case" against Mr Morgan on Monday, prosecution for the State said the court would hear Mr Keane was "attacked" in a lane way between St John's Lane and the Greenhills estate in Athy between 11.30pm and 11.45pm on July 18 2013.

In the eleventh clip Gda O'Dwyer agreed with Ms Crowe that CCTV footage belonging to Athy Town Council "captured somebody in a white top turning left onto St John's Lane and walking in the direction of Barrow Bridge" at 23.28.

In the twelfth clip of CCTV footage at 23.28 Gda O'Dwyer told Ms Crowe he believed it showed "Seamus Morgan wearing a white top and navy three quarter length shorts, carrying a bag."

The court heard at 23.33 Mr Morgan is seen entering Marcari's chip show and at 23.50 "a glimpse of half of bicycle wheels are seen leaving the shop."

In another clip of CCTV footage taken at 23.50 Gda O'Dwyer told the court it shows "Seamus Morgan pushing a bicycle along Leinster Street."

Prosecution for the State then told the court that evidence in the case will finish tomorrow.

The trial continues.

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