Sunday 18 August 2019

Men wearing 'Freddie Kruger' masks entered pub before shooting, court hears

The Sunset House and inset, victim Michael Barr
The Sunset House and inset, victim Michael Barr

Declan Brennan

Two men wearing "Freddie Kruger" masks entered the Sunset House pub in Dublin before the manager of the pub was shot dead, the Special Criminal Court heard this morning.

Eamonn Cumberton (30) of Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year old Michael Barr in the Sunset House pub in Dublin’s north inner city on April 25 2016.

It is the prosecution's case that Mr Cumberton is "inextricably linked" to items seized from a partially burnt-out car near the scene and that the items themselves were "inextricably linked" to the shooting.

The court has been listening this morning to evidence from a number of people who were in the Sunset House on the night of the shooting.

Theresa Smyth has told Dominic McGinn SC, prosecuting, that there was a raffle on in the pub that night and that Mr Barr was there.

"It was his night off, so he was in good humour," Ms Smyth said.

She told the court that she was "messing at the bar" with Mr Barr and that he was "after saying he might be going on his holidays", when she saw two men come in wearing masks.

"I thought they were kissograms," Ms Smyth said. "I thought it was a joke. I said, 'There's two kissograms for you.'"

She said that they were wearing "Freddie Kruger" or "Halloween" masks.

The court heard that she heard someone say get down and that everybody got down.

"We didn't know what was going on," the witness said.

She told the court that when she looked at Mr Barr she saw "blood everywhere" and that he was "ready to fall".

"I realized there was a shooting," Ms Smyth said. "The glass was all over me. We were all shouting, in shock."

The men wearing the masks were gone "in seconds", the court heard.

Ms Smyth said that she saw Mr Barr "on the ground, all the blood coming from his head".

"I crawled over and blessed him," she said.

The trial continues.

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