Sunday 24 September 2017

Garda followed trail to find gun, murder trial told

The trial continues in front of a jury and Justice Paul Butler at the Central Criminal Court
The trial continues in front of a jury and Justice Paul Butler at the Central Criminal Court

Eoin Reynolds

A garda followed a trail from the back of a murder accused's home to a wooded area where she found a gun with a silencer and magazine buried in the soil, a trial heard.

Garda Mairead Lacey gave evidence in the trial of James 'Jimmy' Lammon, of Cardington Way, Athy, Co Kildare. Mr Lammon has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Jason Doogue (22) in the Green Hills area of Athy on August 21, 2015.

Gda Lacey told prosecuting counsel Kerida Naidoo SC that she was part of a team searching the area around Mr Lammon's home after the shooting.

At the bottom of the garden, she said, she spotted a gap in the hedge. She followed a foot-worn trail that led her to an area known locally as Shaw's Wood. The wood was surrounded by barbed wire but she noticed where it had been cut. She followed another path until she saw a small circular hole in the ground, three-quarters full.

Digging down with her hands she found a bag containing a small handgun, a magazine and a silencer. She said there were three bullets in the magazine.

Earlier, the court heard from Paul Day, who was going out with James Lammon's sister Rebecca. He said he was at her home in Carbury Park on August 21 when Rebecca approached him with a black toolbox in a bucket.

He said he took the bucket containing the black toolbox to his own home and left it there. He later helped gardaí to find it.

Another witness, Dylan Gorman, told Mr Naidoo that he was also at Rebecca Lammon's house that afternoon. He said she went around to a back alley and came back "panicking with a bucket in her hand". He said she told Mr Day to get rid of it.

The trial continues in front of a jury and Justice Paul Butler at the Central Criminal Court.

Irish Independent

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