Monday 20 October 2014

Man shot friend after watching gangster film, court hears

Niamh O'Donoghue

Published 16/01/2013 | 05:00

A MAN shot his best friend at his apartment after watching the film 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels', a court was told.

A witness denied that Peter Donnelly (52) was acting out scenes from the London gangster film, but said he was putting on an English accent just before Edward Flanagan was shot.

Donnelly of The Green, Larch Hill Apartments, Santry, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Flanagan on June 16, 2011.

He has also pleaded not guilty to possession of a Baikal 9mm automatic pistol and three rounds of .38 calibre ammunition.

Gary McMahon told the Central Criminal Court that he and three other men were in the accused's apartment in north Dublin, after spending the day drinking in a field.

Mr McMahon said they watched 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' and when it finished they listened to the radio.

He said the accused and the deceased were dancing, but then there was an argument between the two.

He said the accused went into the bedroom.

Bang

"He came back out shouting and I just heard a bang. I just heard a bang and ran out of the room," he said.

Mr McMahon said he later caught a glimpse of the accused with a black gun.

Mr McMahon agreed with Patrick Marinan SC, defending, there was a look of shock on the accused's face after the shooting.

Mr Marinan put it to Mr McMahon the men were acting out roles in the film, but the witness disagreed. But he agreed that he had put on an English accent.

He agreed the pair were best friends and went on cycling and bird-watching trips together. The court heard the deceased had no home, and that the accused would take him in.

Gardai forced entry to the apartment, and emergency services at the scene tried to revive Mr Flanagan, but he was pronounced dead.

Garda Enda Muldoon told the court that when found, the deceased had no top on, and was sitting with a can of Dutch Gold beer in his hand.

The court heard the accused went to Coolock Garda Station voluntarily the next day and told them he discharged the gun. The trial continues, presided over by Mr Justice Paul Carney.

Irish Independent

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