Wednesday 24 January 2018

Girlfriend heard shots that killed rugby player

Shane Geoghegan was shot dead just yards from his home
Shane Geoghegan was shot dead just yards from his home

Natasha Reid

THE girlfriend of a rugby player who was shot dead has told a court how she texted her boyfriend to tell him she feared that there had been a shooting on their estate.

John Dundon (30), of Hyde Road, Limerick, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Shane Geoghegan (28) in Dooradoyle, Limerick, on November 9, 2008.

The prosecution claims that the Garryowen rugby player was gunned down in a case of mistaken identity. It alleges that Mr Dundon ordered the killing of the real target, a man named John McNamara, who lived near Mr Geoghegan.

Jenna Barry, the girlfriend of the late rugby player, told the Special Criminal Court she received a last text from her boyfriend at 12.53am on November 9. He told her he was on his way home to the house that he shared with her.

Ms Barry then tried calling him and texted him after he failed to arrive home.

She recalled hearing two loud bangs outside and thought they were fireworks. However, she said their dogs began barking and there was something about the way they were barking that caused her to go outside.


She saw a young man with his hood up running towards a dark space wagon. She said the engine was running and the man jumped in.

Ms Barry dialled 999 and texted Mr Geoghegan. "I sent Shane a text saying, 'I think there's been a shooting up the road,'" she explained.

The three-judge, non-jury court also heard from State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy, who carried out a post-mortem examination on Mr Geoghegan's body.

She found five gunshot wounds to his head and trunk. There was a small hole to the back of his head and the bullet had cut through his brain stem.

Prosecutor Tom O'Connell SC told the court that a key witness in the case, Lisa Collins, had been hospitalised for appendicitis but should be fit to give evidence next week.

The trial resumes today.

Irish Independent

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