Friday 20 September 2019

Man found guilty of murdering Alan O'Neill

Alan O'Neill (35)
Alan O'Neill (35)

Eoin Reynolds

A 22-year-old will be sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of murdering a man by shooting him dead in the deceased's front garden.

The jury of six men and six women took six hours and nineteen minutes to reach a majority verdict of eleven to one on the murder charge against Warren Nolan of Rowlagh Park in Clondalkin who shot dead Alan O'Neill (35) at Kiltalown Road, Tallaght on May 27, 2015.

The jury at the Central Criminal Court also found Nolan guilty by unanimous verdict of setting on fire the car used in the "hit" at Belfry Square in Tallaght on the same date.

Nolan did not react to the verdict and was quickly brought away to the cell area by prison officers.

Mr O'Neill's partner Michelle Usher, who was a key witness for the prosecution and sat through the two-week trial, was comforted by family and friends.

Maddie Grant BL for the prosecution said Mr O'Neill's family will make a statement to the court on January 14 when Justice Paul McDermott will sentence Nolan to the mandatory term for murder of life imprisonment.

Justice McDermott thanked the jurors for their service in what he said was a "difficult" trial and exempted them from jury service for ten years.

The prosecution relied on CCTV evidence and forensics to secure the conviction of the 22-year-old.

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