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Saturday 25 October 2014

Second man gets life over murder

Mary Fogarty

Published 26/03/2014 | 05:22

A man has been sentenced to life for his part in a murder for which Bray man Garrett O'Brien was already sentenced.

A man has been sentenced to life for his part in a murder for which Bray man Garrett O'Brien was already sentenced.

Eugene Cullen (30) from Crumlin was sentenced last week in Dublin for the murder of Shay O'Byrne at Tymon Park North, Tallaght, on March 13 2009.

The gunman, Garrett O'Brien, Clover Hill, received a life sentence in 2012 for the killing.

Cullen was one of four men involved in plotting, planning and executing the murder and was guilty by common design.

The court heard that a group of plotters met up at the Red Cow Moran's Hotel to plan the murder.

Cullen's alleged role was lookout in a nearby getaway car and he was also accused of buying petrol to burn out the car.

Mr. O'Byrne was shot dead outside his house in front of his girlfriend Sharon Rattigan and their baby.

Cullen's life sentence was backdated to May 8, 2012, as he has been in custody since then.

The victim's older sister read out a victim impact statement in court in which she said that the death had left his partner with a gaping hole in her life.

'The result of this trial will not bring Shay back to us,' she said.

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