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Four men go on trial for murder of father in pub

FOUR men have gone on trial charged with murdering a father of three in a pub two years ago.

Christopher Zambra (33), of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh; Damien Johnston (27), of Cashel Avenue, Crumlin; Peter Kenny (28), of McCarthy's Terrace, Rialto, and Bernard Hempenstall (26), from Park Terrace in The Coombe, have all pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin to murdering John Carroll.

The 33-year-old from the Charlemont Street area of Dublin was shot dead on February 18, 2009, in Grumpy Jack's Pub in the Coombe.

Patrick Gageby, prosecuting, told the jury there would be no doubt in their minds Mr Carroll was murdered. He said the gunman fired a number of shots from a semi-automatic weapon.

"John Carroll was murdered by a person, who brought a gun to the pub, chased him for a time and pumped as many bullets as he could into him," he said in his opening speech.

A gunman in motorbike gear and a helmet entered the pub at about 9.30pm. "Mr Carroll was shot at a number of times from a pistol," said Mr Gageby.

He said the gunman arrived as a pillion passenger on a high-powered motorbike.

"It's the prosecution case that the pillion passenger, and therefore the gunman, was Peter Kenny and that the driver was Mr Johnston," he said.

"It's our suggestion that Mr Zambra was the brains behind it and had his finger on the pulse of this operation."

He said that Mr Hempenstall was involved in the organisation of the crime, and that there was also a fifth person involved, who was not seated in the dock.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Barry White.

Irish Independent