Thursday 18 December 2014

Man (21) sentenced to life in prison for murder of best friend

Niamh O’Donoghue

Published 22/07/2014 | 13:21

Darren Wynne. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Darren Wynne. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Jamie Lindsay

A man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his best friend in Co. Kildare last year.

Darren Wynne (21) of Ballyroe, Athy, Co. Kildare had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Jamie Lindsay (20) at Coney Green, Coneyboro, Athy on April 6, 2013.

Wynne shot Mr Lindsay in his right eye at almost point blank range with a sawn-off shotgun after a background of mutual threats.

On July 10 last, the jury of eight men and four women returned a unanimous verdict of guilty of murder after almost five hours of deliberation.

Wynne was also convicted of possession of a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition with intent to endanger life on the same occasion.

Although Wynne pleaded guilty to manslaughter during his trial the plea was not accepted by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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.

Two other men who were being tried alongside Wynne pleaded guilty to Mr Lindsay’s manslaughter during the trial and will be sentenced later.

Quentin Monaghan (21) of Tullamoy, Stradbally, Co. Laois and James Seery (21) of Canal Side, Athy who were also charged with the murder and were being tried alongside Wynne.

It was State’s case that Seery and Monaghan were part of a joint enterprise.

But they were rearraigned during the trial and both men pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter.

Monaghan and Seery were also rearraigned and pleaded guilty to possession of a sawn-off shotgun and cartridges in suspicious circumstances on the same date.

The pleas were accepted by the DPP.

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