Jailed for life, the man who shot and murdered best friend in row over €1,000
Published 23/07/2014 | 02:30
A MAN has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his best friend after a row over drugs worth €1,000.
Just last weekend Darren Wynne (21) boasted online that he had "99 problems" and "prison ain't one of them".
Wynne, of Ballyroe, Athy, Co Kildare, shot Jamie Lindsay (20) in his right eye at almost point-blank range with a sawn-off shotgun after a background of mutual threats.
He was also convicted of possession of a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition with intent to endanger life on the same occasion.
Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan sentenced Wynne to life in prison for the murder and adjourned sentencing for the firearms offences until November next when probation and psychological reports will be before the court.
The deceased's sister Shantelle Lindsay said "the baby of the family who everyone adored" was shot five weeks before his 21st birthday.
She said that instead of celebrating it with him, the family spent the day at the cemetery where his nieces sang 'Happy Birthday' to him.
"Jamie was taken away from us before his time," she added.
After Mr Lindsay's death, Darren Wynne also posted to his Facebook page saying 'RIP Jamie', adding that he would be 'sadly' missed and was like a brother to him, and did a lot for him and for other people.
Two other men will be sentenced next week for the manslaughter of Mr Lindsay.
Wynne had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Mr Lindsay at Coney Green, Coneyboro, Athy, on April 6, 2013. Although Wynne had pleaded guilty to manslaughter during his trial, the plea was not accepted by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
A jury of eight men and four women returned a unanimous verdict of guilty of murder a fortnight ago.
The court heard that Mr Lindsay was shot in the right eye at almost point blank range at the Coneyboro estate.
Mr Lindsay, who lived alone at Coney Meadows, was found lying face down on the footpath and he was brought to Naas General Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10pm that night.
Wynne told gardai that Mr Lindsay was threatening him over €1,000 for cannabis herb that had gone missing and also threatened to rape his grandmother.
He said he shot Mr Lindsay in the shoulder but only wanted to kneecap him and did not mean to kill him.
Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis told the court the cause of death was a shotgun wound to the head.
The pathologist said the right eye was completely destroyed and there were extensive fractures to the skull.
Two men being tried alongside Wynne pleaded guilty to Mr Lindsay's manslaughter and will be sentenced later.
Quentin Monaghan (21) of Tullamoy, Stradbally, Co Laois, and James Seery (21) of Canal Side, Athy, were also initially charged with murder and were being tried alongside Wynne.
It was State's case that Seery and Monaghan were part of a joint enterprise. They also pleaded guilty to possession of a sawn-off shotgun and cartridges on the same date.
Mr Justice Sheehan remanded Monaghan and Seery in custody. They'll be sentenced next Thursday.