Thursday 19 April 2018

Man (32) charged with killing father in front of son

Shane Hickey

A 32-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with gunning down a father-of-two in front of his partner.

Garrett O'Brien made a brief appearance in a court yesterday charged with the murder of Seamus 'Shay' O'Byrne (27), who was shot three times in the back at Tymon North Park in Tallaght, west Dublin, on March 13 last year.

During the attack, Mr O'Byrne's girlfriend Sharon Rattigan was also injured. The pair were in a car with their then 18-month-old son when the shots were fired.


Det Gda Camon Ryan told Tallaght District Court that Mr O'Brien, of Clover Hill, Bray, Co Wicklow, had been arrested at 12.40am yesterday and charged with murder.

When charged he replied: "They have made a serious error."

Judge James Paul McDonnell granted him legal aid and remanded him in custody for one week to Cloverhill prison following an application from gardai.

Mr O'Brien, who was dressed in a grey hoodie and blue jeans, kept his right hand over his face for most of the brief appearance in court.

When the accused was led outside of the court building, he covered his face with a hood and gestured at photographers with his middle finger before being driven away in an unmarked squad car.

Irish Independent

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