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Accused 'only fired as warning'

A MAN accused of killing a father of five insisted to gardai that shots he fired were only to scare the deceased.

The revelation came as the murder trial of Michael Collins (29) opened before the Central Criminal Court.

Mr Collins, of Upper Kilmona, Grenagh, Co Cork, denies the murder of Patrick 'Packie' Hogan (42) at Glen Road, Ballynaraha, Blarney, Co Cork.

Mr Hogan died after suffering a fatal gunshot wound on February 10, 2011.

Mr Collins also denies possession of a 22-calibre Rhoner rifle and possession of nine rolls of 22-inch calibre rounds with intent to endanger life at the same date and place contrary to the Firearms Act.

Opening the State's case yesterday, Tim O'Leary told the jury they would hear evidence that there was a long-standing dispute between the men.

"He (Mr Collins) admitted firing shots but he said at all stage that the shots were fired to scare or warn (away) the deceased person," he added.

Mr Hogan – a native of Rathpeacon – had been living in the Carrigaline area over recent years. The trial is expected to last a week.

Irish Independent