Tuesday 16 January 2018

'Lookout hid in bush' before teen was killed, trial is told

Melanie McCarthy-McNamara
Melanie McCarthy-McNamara

Natasha Reid

A murder trial has heard that teenager Melanie McCarthy McNamara was bleeding profusely from her skull when she arrived at hospital after being shot.

The jury was shown the shotgun that gardai found shortly after the 16-year-old was shot in the head as she sat in a car with her boyfriend and his friend.

Daniel McDonnell, of Brookview Lawns, Tallaght, is on trial at the Central Criminal Court charged with murdering the teenager at Brookview Way.

The 19-year-old has pleaded not guilty to her murder on February 8, 2012.

A statement from staff at Tallaght Hospital, which was read to the court yesterday, said that Melanie had a large wound to the temple when she was admitted at 10.40pm.

The statement said that she was bleeding profusely from her skull, mouth and ear and that her condition deteriorated continuously. Staff stopped resuscitation at around 1am as Melanie's injury was not compatible with life and she was pronounced dead at 1.10am.


The jury also heard the statement of a boy who had been playing nearby when the shooting took place. He and another boy had been playing football on Brookview Way and had seen a man hiding.

"A black Jeep came up the road. I heard two bangs," the witness said. He recalled that he had grabbed his friend and pulled him over a wall.

"I got a fright so I hid behind the wall," he said. "A gun came out. It was the length of my arm. I was over the wall like a flash."

"Earlier a fella was on the phone hiding in the bushes, looking down the road at the silver saloon car," he continued.

He said that this person disappeared through a gap after the shots were fired.

"I reckon he was there keeping sketch. I heard him saying: 'The silver car is in'," he recalled.

Sergeant John Schley later showed the jury a shotgun found in Citywest in the hours after the killing.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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