Monday 25 September 2017

Closing speeches in trial of man accused of shooting man up to 18 times in car park expected tomorrow

The scene of the shooting, inset, Keith Walker
The scene of the shooting, inset, Keith Walker

Eoin Reynolds and Natasha Reid

The jury in the trial of a man accused of a machine gun murder while dressed as a woman is expected to hear closing speeches from both sides tomorrow morning.

Christopher McDonald (34), from the East Wall area of Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 36-year-old Keith Walker in the car park of the Blanchardstown Pigeon Racing Club on Shelerin Road, Clonsilla on June 12, 2015.

A small amount of evidence was heard in the Central Criminal Court trial today, before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy asked the jury to return to hear closing speeches this morning.

The jury heard from Superintendent Colm Murphy, who was cross examined by Bernard Condon SC, defending.

He agreed that a doctor had examined the accused following his arrest, and had noted: ‘front two upper teeth missing over two years ago’.

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He also agreed that the fact that a man had been arrested for the shooting had received considerable media coverage.

Garda Sean Kelly told prosecuting counsel Denis Vaughan Buckley SC that he was present when DNA and firearms residue samples were taken from the accused man at Blanchardstown Garda Station.

The jury had previously heard that no firearms residue was found on the accused. His DNA was found on a glove and wig that Gardaí say were found next to the gun used in the attack.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of six men and six women.

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