Man (44) found guilty of 'brutal and pre-meditated' murder of 22-year-old man
A 44-year-old man has been found guilty by unanimous verdict of a "brutal and pre-meditated" murder.
The jury at the Central Criminal Court took just over two hours and thirty minutes to reach the verdict in the trial of James Lammon of Cardington Way, Athy, Co Kildare.
Lammon had been charged with the murder of Jason Doogue in the Green Hills area of Athy on August 21, 2015.
The jury found that he was the masked and hooded gunman who cycled up to the garden where Mr Doogue was hanging out with friends and shot him three times before cycling away.
When the jury returned at 14:41 today (THU) the foreperson replied yes when asked if a verdict had been reached and recorded on the issue paper. The court clerk then read out the guilty verdict. Members of Mr Doogue's family embraced and some broke down in tears once the verdict was known. "Thank God," said one of them. Justice Butler thanked the jury for their service and exempted them from duty for ten years.
On hearing the verdict Lammon smiled towards his legal team and spoke with them briefly before prison officers led him away from the courtroom.
After a brief break Mr Doogue's sister Stephanie took the stand and told the court that Jason was the "best brother in the world" and a "loving uncle and best friend". She said he "took a very big part of all of us with him" when he died and would forever be in the thoughts of his family and friends. Those who knew Jason would pass on his memory to the younger generation of the family, "because they will never have a chance to know him" she said, adding that he had many goals, but all opportunity was taken from him.
She finished by thanking the gardai and all those involved in the prosecution.
Detective Sergeant John Boland told the court that Lammon has 20 previous convictions. The most recent was in March 2011 when he was given a four-year sentence for possession of drugs worth more than e13,000 at Naas District Court. His other convictions include possession of a stun gun, breaches of the Public Order Acts, violent disorder, criminal damage and larceny.
Justice Butler described the killing as "brutal and pre-meditated" and said "there is only one sentence" before handing down the mandatory life sentence. He backdated it to when Lammon went into custody on August 21, 2015.