Friday 22 September 2017

Man shot his friends after threat to kill child, court told

Niamh O'Donoghue

A man accused of a double murder two years ago told gardai he was threatened with a gun in his mouth to carry out the killings.

Gary Howard (24), of Emerald Street, Dublin 1, pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Patrick Mooney (58) and Brendan Molyneaux (46) at Pearse House on January 10, 2010.

In a garda interview Mr Howard said he was with his one-year-old child at the time the threat was carried out.

"They stuck a gun in me mouth and pointed it at me child," he told gardai.

Friends Brendan Molyneaux and Patrick Mooney were shot in the city centre flat belonging to Mr Mooney.

A few hours after the bodies were found at Mr Mooney's city centre flat, Mr Howard was arrested.

Yesterday, the jury heard memos of garda interviews with the accused.

During the interviews he admitted carrying out the murder, then denied it again, accusing gardai of putting him under duress.

He told gardai he was threatened that if he did not carry out the shootings he and his family would be shot. "I shot Brendan in the back of the head. . . I shot Paddy but he was still alive so I shot him again," he added.

Bullets

He told the gardai that after the incident he just left and went "back over the northside".

Mr Howard also said he used a black automatic gun and that he did not look at the make of it but said: "I just hoped it didn't f**king work."

He told gardai that if he brought the gun back with any bullets in it he would be shot himself saying "me and me kids would be whacked".

He said he discarded the rest of the bullets he had.

"They knew how close I was to them. . . my life ended along with Brendan and Paddy's".

"I want to add that I want to say sorry to the families and I'm not just saying that because I got caught -- I really liked those two men," he said.

"I was told to murder them . . . I didn't want to do this, I couldn't tell anyone why I had to do it," he told gardai in a later interview.

"They didn't care when I did it, they didn't care if it was Christmas Day," he said.

The trial previously heard Mr Howard told gardai that Mr Molyneaux was "an IRA head" and that "he knew the Provos were after him".

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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