Tuesday 19 September 2017

Getaway driver loses appeal over bookmakers murder

Tim Healy

A GETAWAY driver for a gunman in a fatal shooting at a bookmakers has lost an appeal against his conviction for murder.

Liam Bolger (26) Homelawn Gardens, Tallaght, Dublin was found guilty by a majority jury verdict in 2009 in the Central Criminal Court of the murder of Christopher Barry (aged 25) on September 13, 2008,

 

Bolger, a father of one and a plasterer by trade, had denied the murder at Byrne's bookmakers, Killester Avenue in Donnycarney.

 

Today, the three judge Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) dismissed his appeal against his conviction.

 

Bolger's trial heard Mr Barry was shot nine times in six seconds in a bookmakers and the gunman left the scene on a motorbike but was picked up by a van a short distance away. The driver of the van was Liam Bolger.

 

The prosecution said while he was not the assassin, he shared equal responsibility for the murder because he had agreed to participate.

 

The van and his mobile phone led gardaí to Bolger.

 

The gang-related murder was connected to an ongoing feud between two criminal gangs in south Dublin.

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