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Man sentenced to life in prison after jury find him guilty of John Wilson's murder

Anne Sharkey

Published 20/05/2015 | 14:53

John Wilson, who was shot dead at his home on Cloverhill Road, Ballyfermot, in September 2012.
John Wilson, who was shot dead at his home on Cloverhill Road, Ballyfermot, in September 2012.

A Dublin man has been sentenced to life imprisonment after a jury found him guilty of the murder of 35-year-old John Wilson in 2012.

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Keith O'Neill (40) from Lissadell Drive, Drimnagh in Dublin had pleaded not guilty to murdering John Wilson (35) on September 28th, 2012 at his home on Cloverhill Road, Ballyfermot Dublin 10.

John Wilson was shot twice in the hallway of his house more than two years ago.

The two-week trial heard that the daughter of the deceased told gardai in a statement: "I just heard 'bang bang bang' - I could see my dad rolling around. I feel a little bit sad and a little happy because my dad is away from the bad boys now".

The Central Criminal Court heard that the deceased had driven to his home with his seven-year-old daughter and a friend when a gunman entered his house through the open front door and shot him from behind.

The Dublin man received two gunshot wounds to the left arm and to the chest, fatally injuring internal organs.

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