Tuesday 25 July 2017

Gun used in fatal shooting found in factory, court told

Lonan Paul

THE gun used to shoot a man was found wrapped in an oven glove in a disused factory two days later, a murder trial heard yesterday.

The .357 black Magnum revolver that was used to shoot dead Aidan O'Kane, in Dublin, in 2008, was displayed by garda ballistic experts on day five of the trial of Conor Duffy (18).

Mr O'Kane (50) was shot once in the chest after he'd given chase to a group of teenagers who had egged his house in December 2008.

Mr Duffy, of St Mary's Road, in East Wall, has pleaded not guilty to murder. He is also denying further charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition and having a firearm without a licence.

Mr Duffy, who was 16 at the time, was interviewed four times by gardai before he broke down and admitted to shooting his neighbour in a laneway off Bargy Road, in East Wall.

He told gardai he had been on good terms with Mr O'Kane prior to the shooting, and had been to his house to smoke joints, but they fell out when the mechanic accused him of stealing his bike.

On the evening in question, he and other youths threw eggs at Mr O'Kane's house.

The mechanic decided to confront them and changed into a biker jacket and balaclava, before arming himself with a baton and chased the teenagers.

Mr Duffy said he believed Mr O'Kane had a firearm because he could see a black object in his jacket and people were screaming that he had a gun.

He cycled away to get a gun that he had discovered in undergrowth some days prior, and decided to shoot Mr O'Kane in the leg, before returning to the scene.

Chased

Mr Duffy said his neighbour then chased him into the lane and said "shoot me" while making a move to take something out of his jacket.

Mr Duffy told detectives he aimed for the leg but the weapon jerked upwards when he pulled the trigger. He ran and later asked a friend to throw away the gun.

Professor Carol Fitzpatrick, a consultant child psychiatrist, told the court that Mr Duffy had been referred to her in 2001.

She diagnosed him with ADHD, a condition she said that was characterised by hyperactivity with sufferers tending to act on impulse.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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