Tuesday 23 July 2019

Man accused of attempting to murder boxing trainer Pete Taylor

Gerard Cervi appears in court

Boxing coach Pete Taylor. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Boxing coach Pete Taylor. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Tom Tuite

A 31-year-old man facing trial for the murder of Bobby Messett in a shooting at a gym in Bray has been further accused of attempting to murder boxing trainer Pete Taylor

Gerard Cervi, of no fixed abode but who is from the East Wall area in Dublin, was charged in September over the death of Mr Messett.

Gerard Cervi. Pic: Collins Courts
Gerard Cervi. Pic: Collins Courts

The 50-year-old father-of-three from Bray, Co Wicklow, was shot dead as he answered the door at the boxing club just before 7am on the morning of June 5 last.

He had been about to start an early morning fitness session.

A number of shots were fired and two other men, including boxing trainer Pete Taylor (57) were shot and injured in the attack.

Mr Cervi, who had been granted legal aid, had been remanded in custody as the district court cannot adjudicate on bail in murder cases.

The late Bobby Messett
The late Bobby Messett

He faced his ninth hearing when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.

Two further charges were put to him, for the attempted murder of Pete Taylor and Ian Britton, 35, who was shot in the leg, on June 5 last.

Mr Taylor received a gunshot wound to his torso during the incident.

Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given by Det Sergeant Eamon O’Neill.

The accused was remanded in continuing custody to appear again at the same court on January 24 next.

A book of evidence has to be completed by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and served on him before he can be sent forward for trial.

Due to the nature of the charges he will have to make an bail application before the High Court if he intended to seek bail.

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