Monday 26 August 2019

Gunmen who shot pub manager wore 'Freddy Krueger' masks, court told

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting at the Sunset House pub in Summerhill, Dublin, last year Photo: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Gardaí at the scene of the shooting at the Sunset House pub in Summerhill, Dublin, last year Photo: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Daniel Hickey

Two men wearing 'Freddy Krueger' masks entered a Dublin pub before the manager was shot dead, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Eamonn Cumberton (30), of Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year old Michael Barr in the Sunset House pub in Dublin's north inner city on April 25, 2016.

Victim Michael Barr
Victim Michael Barr

It is the prosecution's case that Mr Cumberton is "inextricably linked" to items recovered from a partially burnt-out car near the scene and that the items themselves are "inextricably linked" to the shooting.

The State says that Mr Barr was shot seven times, with five shots to the head and one each to the shoulder and neck.

The court heard evidence yesterday from a number of people who were in the Sunset House on the night of the shooting.

Theresa Smyth told Dominic McGinn SC, prosecuting, there was a raffle on in the pub that night and that Mr Barr was there. "It was his night off, so he was in good humour," Ms Smyth said.

She told the court she was "messing at the bar" with Mr Barr and that he was "after saying he might be going on his holidays", when she saw two men come in wearing masks.

"I thought they were kissograms," Ms Smyth said. "I thought it was a joke. I said, 'There's two kissograms for you'."

She said that they were wearing "Freddy Krueger" or "Halloween" masks.

She heard someone say "Get down" and everybody got down.

"We didn't know what was going on," the witness said.

She told the court that when she looked at Mr Barr, she saw "blood everywhere" and that he was "ready to fall".

"I realised there was a shooting," Ms Smyth said. "The glass was all over me. We were all shouting, in shock."

Blood

The men wearing the masks were gone "in seconds", the court heard.

Ms Smyth said she saw Mr Barr "on the ground, all the blood coming from his head".

"I crawled over and blessed him," she said.

James Dunne told the court he was organising the raffle that night. He was there with his daughter, the court heard.

Mr Dunne said two men dressed in black came into the bar, one of the men running past him while the other held the door.

"The one that passed me had a weapon," he said. "The first thing I did was grab my daughter and run," Mr Dunne said.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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