Sunday 19 November 2017

Man pleads guilty to attempted murder of good friend

Niamh O'Donoghue

A MAN is to be sentenced later for shooting his lifelong friend, causing him to lose his eye.

Patrick McCann (20) of Decies Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin, pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Luke Wilson (19) at Liffey Gaels GAA Club, Memorial Park, Inchicore on January 13.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life at the same place on that date.

Detective Sergeant Michael O'Brien told the court that Mr Wilson had made an arrangement to meet McCann that day at the Memorial Park.

McCann and Mr Wilson knew each other "since they were in nappies", he said.

When they met in a secluded part of the park, Mr Wilson said McCann was rooting around in the bushes and he noticed he was quite jumpy.

He said they decided to walk back to a footbridge and McCann took out a gun.

One shot hit Mr Wilson in the neck and he fell to the ground, then McCann shot him in the right arm.

Mr Wilson said he then felt another shot and could hear ringing in his head.

Mr Wilson said McCann went to shoot him again but heard the gun jam.

McCann dropped his mobile near where Mr Wilson lay and he rang '999' on it, believing it was his own phone.

EMERGENCY

Mr Wilson told emergency services he was shot and he thought he was going to die.

McCann was arrested in Ballyfermot that day, the court heard. When interviewed, he denied any knowledge of the shooting or that he was involved in it.

Paul Carroll, prosecuting, said that Mr Wilson did not want to provide a victim impact statement to the court.

The court heard he had associated cerebral stroke, palsy in his right arm, permanent scars, damage to vertebrae and may require further surgery.

McCann had previous convictions for possession of drugs and sale and supply for which he received 12 months' probation.

He was also sentenced to two years in jail for theft and aggravated burglary and was on bail when Mr Wilson was shot.

McCann said he was asked to carry out the shooting because of his outstanding drug debt and was in fear, the court heard.

A report before the court stated that McCann was threatened that he would be shot himself if he did not shoot Mr Wilson.

Mr Justice Paul Carney will sentence McCann next week.

Irish Independent

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