Wednesday 20 November 2019

Gun victim warned over teen drug use in house

Shane Hickey

A SHOOTING victim who allowed a group of teenagers to take drugs in his home was warned by gardai that his behaviour was unacceptable.

Neighbours of Aidan O'Kane (50) complained about the congregation of young males at his house in East Wall, north Dublin.

The mechanic was shot dead when he confronted a group of youths after they egged his home.

Conor Duffy (18), of St Mary's Road, East Wall, denies murdering Mr O'Kane on December 7, 2008. He also denies unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Yesterday was the second day of the murder trial in the Central Criminal Court.

The jury heard on the first day that Mr O'Kane had befriended a large group of teenagers when he moved to East Wall. He would fix their bicycles and motorbikes and take drugs with them in his house.

Yesterday, Garda Barry Maguire said neighbours were concerned that young people were going into the home of a man in his 50s. He approached Mr O'Kane and told him this was not appropriate.

Mr O'Kane's son Dylan told the court his father was shot dead after he was harassed by teenagers for months. They had thrown eggs at his house on the night in question.

A number of teenage witnesses -- one of whom was just 11 at the time of the shooting -- gave evidence in court via videolink.

The youths, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told how Mr O'Kane emerged from his home wearing a biker jacket and balaclava.

One witness said he appeared to be holding something behind his back. .

Mr O'Kane said "be a hard man, let's have you" to one of the group, a witness said.

The court heard Conor Duffy had been on a bicycle at the time and was chased by Mr O'Kane up a laneway off Bargy Road.

Witnesses then heard a gunshot. One said he then saw Mr O'Kane on the ground with his son putting a jacket under his head. He was pronounced dead an hour later.

The case continues today.

Irish Independent

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