Friday 30 September 2016

Man 'looked possessed' as he shot mum, trial told

Alison O'Riordan

Published 26/07/2016 | 02:30

Mr Redmond pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the two charges at the Central Criminal Court
Mr Redmond pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the two charges at the Central Criminal Court

A 60-year-old man shot dead a mother of six and injured her daughter as they sat drinking tea because he believed they were calling him a paedophile, a murder trial jury heard.

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James Redmond (60), of Killinarden Estate, Tallaght, Dublin 24, is charged with murdering Mary Dargan and attempting to murder Karina Dargan at Killinarden Estate on March 15, 2014.

Mr Redmond pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the two charges at the Central Criminal Court yesterday.

The jury heard he has been in the Central Mental Hospital since the end of March 2014.

Read more: Man (60) shot mum-of-six dead and injured her daughter as he 'thought they called him a paedophile', murder trial hears 

Karina Dargan told the court: "I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my mum, my sister Jessie and her son. We were having a giggle about Jessie's upcoming wedding.

"I looked out at the corner of my eye and I saw him coming towards me. The blinds were open as it was a nice day out. I saw him walking in slow and calmly. He said: 'Are you f***ing laughing now'," she said.

The court heard that Mr Redmond then shot her mother in the side of her face.

Karina received a gunshot wound to the right-hand side of her head.

"He looked at my mother like he was her worst enemy. I thought it was a joke at first then he pulled up the rifle and I knew he was serious. He looked like something possessed out of 'The Exorcist'."

Her brother Gary said that he was on the sofa watching a rugby match when he heard two loud bangs.

"I got into the room and I saw this filthy soul with the gun.

"I walloped him with my right hand and knocked him out, he fell and the gun fell to the floor," he said.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Robert Eagar.

Irish Independent

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