Tuesday 20 March 2018

Life sentence for 'brutal' gun murder

The Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: File
The Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: File

Eoin Reynolds

A 44-year-old man has been found guilty by unanimous verdict of the "brutal and premeditated" murder of Jason Doogue.

The jury at the Central Criminal Court took just over two hours and 30 minutes to reach the verdict in the trial of James Lammon, of Cardington Way, Athy, Co Kildare.

Lammon had been charged with murdering Mr Doogue in the Green Hills area of Athy on August 21, 2015.

The jury found he was the masked and hooded gunman who cycled up to the garden where Mr Doogue was with friends, and shot him three times.

The trial heard Mr Doogue and Lammon had got involved in a row in Athy town earlier that day.

Three witnesses said they heard Lammon threaten to kill Mr Doogue.

Members of Mr Doogue's family embraced after the verdict was read out. His sister Stephanie said he was the "best brother in the world" and a "loving uncle and best friend".

Mr Justice Paul Butler said "there is only one sentence" before handing down the mandatory life sentence.

Irish Independent

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