Thursday 21 September 2017

Shane Geoghegan shot dead with Glock pistol, court told

Natasha Reid

A MURDER trial has heard a Glock pistol was used in the shooting dead of rugby player Shane Geoghegan in Limerick four and a half years ago.

A ballistics expert gave the evidence to the Special Criminal Court yesterday in the trial of John Dundon (30) who is charged with murdering the Garryowen player.

Dundon, of Hyde Road in the city, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Geoghegan in Limerick on November 9, 2008.

It's the prosecution's case that the 28-year-old was the unintended victim of a shooting meant for another man. It alleges Mr Dundon ordered the killing of the actual target, a man named John McNamara.

Detective Garda Mark Collender testified yesterday that he examined a number of discharged and undischarged rounds of ammunition from the murder scene. He examined two bullets recovered from the victim's body and a bullet jacket and lead core from his head.

He said the two undischarged or live rounds of ammunition found on a footpath were 9mm parabellum. They had been ejected manually and bore chamber markings indicating that they had been in a Glock pistol. He also found a number of discharged cartridge cases in the area.

"Their distribution indicated that the firer was moving towards where Mr Geoghegan was found," he said.

He added a bullet had gone through the window of one of the houses on the street and he retrieved it from the windowsill. He also found a disintegrated bullet in the wheel of a car.

He said that all eight discharged cartridge cases recovered had been in the same Glock semi-automatic pistol as the live rounds. He explained this weapon was never recovered.

Det Gda Collender agreed with Brendan Nix SC, defending, that the gun had been used before. He said it had been used in a shooting in Limerick on October 12, 2008.

The three-judge, non-jury court has already heard that Mr Geoghegan was gunned down as he returned home to his girlfriend that morning, after watching a match in a friend's house nearby. He died at the scene of gunshot wounds to his head and trunk.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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