Monday 26 September 2016

Murder suspect had drugs, mobile phones and cash when arrested after fatal shooting

Eoin Reynolds

Published 10/02/2016 | 14:15

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A suspect in a murder investigation had drugs and two mobile phones in his possession when gardai arrested him four days after the fatal shooting, a trial at the Central Criminal Court heard today.

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Gary Flynn (31), of Rossfield Drive in Tallaght has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Seamus 'Shay' O'Byrne at Tymon Park North in Tallaght on March 13, 2009.

At his trial today Detective Sergeant Tom McManus described arresting Garrett O'Brien, who was another suspect in the case.

He said that on March 17 2009, four days after Mr O'Byrne was shot dead, he went to a house at Oldcourt Avenue in Bray, Co Wicklow with a warrant for his arrest.

Det Sgt McManus agreed with prosecution counsel Alex Owens SC that Mr O'Brien was on his own in the sitting room of the house when he entered.

He told the court that he arrested Mr O'Brien under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

Det Sgt Thomas Doyle took the stand next, telling Mr Owens that he was also present during the arrest.

He said that he noticed a number of items in the room and asked Mr O'Brien about them.

He said these items included two mobile phones, blue tablets, Valium, hash and methadone.

He said Mr O'Brien told him the items belonged to him.

Speaking with defence counsel Giollaiosa O'Lideadha SC, Det Gda Gary Corrigan said he also seized €1,000 in cash that was found in the sitting room.

The trial will continue before Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of nine men and three women next week.

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