Man being tried for best friend's murder changes plea to guilty of manslaughter, court hears
A man being tried at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of his best friend in Co. Kildare last year has changed his plea to guilty of manslaughter.
Darren Wynne (21) of Ballyroe, Athy, Co. Kildare had pleaded not guilty to murdering Jamie Lindsay (20) at Coney Green, Coneyboro, Athy, Co. Kildare on April 6, 2013.
This morning Wynne was rearraigned before the jury of eight men and four women and pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter.
Paul Coffey SC for the State told the court the plea was not acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
At the beginning of the trial Wynne also pleaded not guilty to possession of a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition with intent to endanger life on the same occasion.
On that date however, he pleaded guilty to possession of a sawn-off shotgun and cartridges in suspicious circumstances.
Quentin Monaghan (21) of Tullamoy, Stradbally, Co. Laois and James Seery (21) of Canal Side, Athy who were also charged with murder and were being tried alongside Wynne.
But they were rearraigned on Wednesday and both men pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter and the court heard the pleas were accepted by the DPP.
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 court has heard that Mr Lindsay was shot in the right eye at almost point blank range at the Coneyboro estate.
It was State’s case that Seery and Monaghan were part of a joint enterprise.
The court has heard Wynne told gardai that Mr Lindsay, who he said was his best friend, was threatening him over €1000 for ‘green’ 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.
The trial continues on Monday with Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan presiding.