Man told gardai he knew deceased was dead 'the second he was shot'
A Laois man, who is one of three men accused of murdering a man in Co. Kildare last year, told gardai he knew the deceased was dead “the second he was shot”.
Darren Wynne (21) of Ballyroe, Athy, Co. Kildare, Quentin Monaghan (21) of Tullamoy, Stradbally, Co. Laois and James Seery (21) of Canal Side, Athy were arraigned before the Central Criminal Court.
All three pleaded not guilty to murdering Jamie Lindsay (20) at Coney Green, Coneyboro, Athy, Co. Kildare on April 6, 2013.
Mr Wynne also pleaded not guilty to possession of a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition with intent to endanger life on that occasion.
Mr Wynne pleaded guilty to possession of a sawn-off shotgun and cartridges in suspicious circumstances on the same date.
Mr Seery and Mr Monaghan have pleaded not guilty to possession of a sawn-off shotgun and cartridges with intent to endanger life on the same occasion.
Mr Seery and Mr Monaghan also pleaded not 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, after being lured into the open at the Coneyboro estate.
It’s the State’s case that Mr Seery and Mr Monaghan were part of a joint enterprise.
The court has heard Mr Wynne told gardai that Mr Lindsay, who he said was his best friend, was threatening him over €1000 for ‘green’ that had gone missing.
He said he shot Mr Lindsay in the shoulder but only wanted to kneecap him and did not mean to kill him.
Today Monica Lawlor BL prosecuting read to the court memos of garda interviews with Mr Monaghan.
Gardai asked Mr Monaghan in his sixth interview when he knew Mr Lindsay was dead to which he replied “the second he was shot”.
"Darren kept telling us ‘I shot him in the shoulder, I shot him in the shoulder’,” Mr Monaghan told gardai.
He said he hid the gun the day after the shooting and the court heard he pointed out its location to two gardai.
“I didn’t hide it from gardai, I hid it from Darren Wynne,” he said.
Mr Monaghan told gardai that he had previously fired two shots out of the gun in a wooded area “just for sport”.
He also told gardai in the seventh interview that he never burnt any of his clothing.
Mr Monaghan pointed out where Mr Wynne had burnt his clothes in his neighbour’s garden, the court heard.
Previously Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis told the court the cause of death was a shotgun wound to the head.
The pathologist said the right eye was completely destroyed and there were extensive fractures to the skull.
The pathologist said there was evidence the shot was “discharged from a couple of feet or so”.
The trial continues this afternoon before a jury of eight men and four women with Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan presiding.