Saturday 17 March 2018

Mother admits her shot son is 'no stranger to violence'

Kathryn Hayes

THE mother of a man injured in a shooting incident has accepted that her son is no stranger to violence.

Mary Lynch was giving evidence at Limerick Circuit Court yesterday in the trial of Anthony Kelly, who is accused of shooting her son Michael Lynch two years ago.

Mr Kelly (50) has pleaded not guilty to possession of a Glock semi-automatic pistol with intent to endanger life at O'Malley Park, Limerick, on October 28, 2009.

During cross examination yesterday, Ms Lynch accepted that since her son Michael was shot in 2009, he has been jailed for three years for aggravated burglary.

The defence told the jury that Michael and his brother Gerard were involved in an incident where they broke into a house in Sixmilebridge, Co Clare, armed with Samurai swords.

Michael also received a suspended sentence in January for assault causing harm on a man who was left unconscious near a graveyard, the court heard.

In her evidence, Ms Lynch said she wasn't proud of her sons' behaviour.

The court heard that another son, Fintan Lynch, was found in a Limerick hotel room with a machine gun wearing a bullet-proof vest 12 days after he was released from jail.

When the defence put it to her that Michael was no stranger to violence, Ms Lynch replied: "He doesn't seem to be."


Previously the court heard that Michael and his brother Gerard went to Mr Kelly's house on the morning of the shooting after their mother had been involved in a row with Mr Kelly's daughter Jessie.

The jury was told that Ms Lynch had arrived home with a mark on her face and that her sons went to give out to Jessie.

She admitted yesterday her sons were used to violence but denied that they went to Mr Kelly's house "tooled up with guns".

Previously, Mrs Lynch told the court that Mr Kelly, of O'Malley Park, Southill, Limerick, warned her that he would shoot her sons if she didn't take them away from his house.

She said he fired three shots from inside the gate of his house and the fourth when he ran outside after her son Michael.

The witness said her son was running away when he was shot by Mr Kelly.

The trial continues today before Judge Carroll Moran.

Irish Independent

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