Saturday 24 March 2018

Jury in 'Shay' O'Byrne murder trial study CCTV footage

Natasha Reid

A DUBLIN murder trial jury spent much of today watching CCTV footage of garda suspects and vehicles of interest to the investigation captured in the days before the killing.

Among the footage were video recordings of man whom the prosecution believe is the accused, Garrett O’Brien.

The 35-year-old of Clover Hill, Bray, Co Wicklow has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Seamus 'Shay' O'Byrne at Tymon North Park, Tallaght on 13th March, 2009.

He has also pleaded not guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life on the same occasion.

The trial has already heard that Mr O’Byrne, a 27-year-old father-of-two, was shot dead by a hooded gunman in front of his girlfriend and child in the driveway of their home.

Detective Garda Michael McGrath showed the jury CCTV footage taken at a car park and at a number of shops in the days before the shooting.

This included video from a petrol station in Bray taken on March 11th.

“You can see a red saloon car stop at a pump. Two males exit and walk towards the shop door,” he said, describing also what each male was wearing.

“This male is Garrett O’Brien, the accused,” he said, referring to a man wearing a blue, zip-up top and a New York Yankees baseball cap.

“He has a roundish face, a roundish nose, pronounced jaw line, thin lips and smallish ears,” he continued.

“The male with the Yankee cap walks around the shop,” he said. “He has an unusual gait or walk. His feet face outward.”

He confirmed that it was his opinion that this was the defendant.

The jury also saw footage of a man dressed in similar clothing on the following two days.

“In my opinion, this is the same male. He has the same gait, walk and demeanour. Also, he’s wearing the same clothing,” he said of a man in footage taken at a shop in Ballymount on the day before the killing.

Footage of the car this man was driving was also shown to the jury as was footage of a similar car meeting other vehicles at a car park on a number of occasions.

The trial continues before Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley and a jury of eight men and four women.


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