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Rugby player pleaded for his life before being shot, court told

Natasha Reid

Published 15/03/2011 | 05:00

Rugby player Shane Geoghegan was murdered in Limerick on November 9, 2008 in what was believed to be a case of mistaken identity. Photo courtesy of Garryowen Rugby Football Club
Rugby player Shane Geoghegan was murdered in Limerick on November 9, 2008 in what was believed to be a case of mistaken identity. Photo courtesy of Garryowen Rugby Football Club

THE man accused of murdering rugby player Shane Geoghegan told gardai he chased him into the garden of a house and shot him twice in the head, a court heard yesterday.

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Barry Doyle (25), with addresses at Portland Row, Dublin, and Hyde Road, Limerick, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Geoghegan on November 9, 2008.

His murder trial heard yesterday that Mr Doyle told gardai Mr Geoghegan's last words were: "Please stop."

The 28-year-old was shot dead in a suspected case of mistaken identity across the road from his home in Clonmore, Kilteragh, in the Dooradoyle area of Limerick.

The jury returned to the Central Criminal Court yesterday after an absence of two weeks, during which legal argument took place.

The court was told Mr Doyle was arrested on suspicion of the murder on February 24, 2009 and taken to Bruff garda station in Limerick.

Detective Sergeant Mark Philips of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation was among the officers who interviewed him over the following days. He outlined an interview he conducted on February 26.



Chased

Det Sgt Philips told the court the defendant said, "Yeah, I shot him," when asked if he was involved in Mr Geoghegan's murder.

The court was told that Mr Doyle added: "I seen someone walking across the estate. I got out of the car and shot him."

Mr Doyle told the detective his gun jammed and the victim "just turned and ran" after he first fired at him.

The court was told the accused man said he was "looking around the cars" when he "heard heavy breathing".

He then chased the victim "around the back of the house", where he found Mr Geoghegan "on the ground, up against the wall", clutching his side.

He said he shot him twice in the head. Asked if Mr Geoghegan said anything, Mr Doyle replied: "Please stop."

The court was also told that Mr Doyle said he never met Mr Geoghegan before and was sorry he shot him.

He told the detective he hadn't taken any drugs or drunk anything before he shot him.

Detective Garda Gerry Hogan testified that, when he interviewed Mr Doyle, he accepted Mr Geoghegan was innocent.

Asked to explain why he'd been shot, the court was told he replied: "Sorry I can't help ye.

"I shot him. I'm going to get what I deserve," he added. "I'm not afraid of anyone.

"I'll probably get life."

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Carney.

Irish Independent

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