Friday 15 December 2017

Jury begin deliberations in 'hitman in drag' murder trial

The scene of the shooting, inset, Keith Walker
The scene of the shooting, inset, Keith Walker

Andrew Phelan

A JURY has begun deliberations in the trial of a man accused of shooting dead a pigeon enthusiast outside a west Dublin clubhouse.

The jury in the trial of murder accused Christopher McDonald (34) retired to consider a verdict at 2.48pm today.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy sent the six men and six women out after concluding his charge to them, which had begun yesterday and continued this morning and afternoon.

Mr McDonald, from East Wall in the north inner city denies murdering Keith Walker (34), who died after he was shot dead in the car park of Blanchardstown Racing Pigeon Club in Clonsilla on June 12, 2015.

The Central Criminal Court has heard Mr Walker was killed when a man dressed as a woman opened fire on him with a submachine gun, hitting him 18 times.

The court heard the gunman was wearing make-up, a long black wig, sunglasses, black gloves, black leggings and a black cardigan.

Mr McDonald was arrested the following morning.

His defence have argued there is insufficient evidence to identify him as the killer.

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