Sunday 15 December 2019

Gun used to kill man in Dublin had been decommissioned by British museum, court hears

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

Eoin Reynolds

A gun used to kill a man in Dublin had been decommissioned by a British museum, the Central Criminal Court heard today.

Detective Garda Janette O'Neill inspected the Webley & Scott revolver after it was found in a car close to where Seamus 'Shay' O'Byrne was shot dead on March 13, 2009 at Tymon Park North, Tallaght.

Gary Flynn (31), of Rossfield Drive in Tallaght has pleaded not guilty to Mr O'Byrne's murder.

Det Gda O'Neill told prosecuting counsel Alex Owens SC that the gun had a stamp from the Birmingham Proof House, a museum that decommissions guns for display or for private owners who want to keep the weapons as ornaments. She said somebody had replaced the firing arm and pulled out a substance used to fill the barrel, making the gun usable again.

Ms O'Neill also found five spent cartridges in the revolver. She said the bullets that had been contained in those cartridges were of a different caliber to the gun's design.

Ms O'Neill found the gun in a car belonging to Mr O'Byrne and his partner Sharon Rattigan, which was parked outside their home. Ms Rattigan has previously given evidence that she threw the gun into the car after wrestling it from the gunman, who then ran away.

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