Saturday 18 November 2017

Murder accused could hear toddler daughter crying in garda interview

Brian Kavanagh

A CONSTRUCTION worker accused of murdering a Dublin man could hear the crying of his daughter while under garda questioning, a jury has heard.

Detective Garda Brendan O’Hora told the Central Criminal Court trial of Bryan Ryan (29) that the crying of the toddler was audible during an interview with the accused man at Blanchardstown Garda Station.


Mr Ryan, of Ard Caher, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Ian Tobin at Fortlawn Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 on May 27, 2007.


The trial has heard that Mr Tobin was shot through a door in a house in Blanchardstown but his brother Blake was the intended victim of the attack.


It is the State’s case that Mr Ryan drove the gunman to the killing on a motorbike to Fortlawn Park at 5.15am on the morning in question and the case is one of joint enterprise.


Under cross-examination by defence counsel Mr Dominic McGinn SC, Detective Garda O’Hora agreed that when the accused man and his partner were arrested on May 30th, 2007, their daughter was also with them at Blanchardstown Garda Station.


He agreed that during one interview Mr Ryan’s daughter could be heard crying and that the accused man expressed a “considerable amount of concern” about this.


Det Gda O’Hora told Mr McGinn that he left the interview room to confirm that an arrangement had been made to look after the child.


Put to him by Mr McGinn that he subsequently began to remind Mr Ryan “again and again” of the consequences for his daughter should he be imprisoned, Det Gda O’Hora said that this was one scenario put to the accused. 


He agreed that he told Mr Ryan that he was not trying to give him a “dirty dig” but was instead trying to explain to him how things could be.


Det Gda O’Hora told the court that he said this to Mr Ryan in an effort to put the matter calmly to him so that he would reply to the question, which would assist gardai in establishing the truth.


He denied that the “most significant weakness” gardai found in Mr Ryan was his daughter and told Mr McGinn that interviewing officers were not looking for any weakness but were instead trying to elicit the truth.


Detective Garda Jim McDevitt denied that in subsequent interviews with Mr Ryan in June 2007 he had “used various tactics” to “break down the resolve” of the accused or that he had issued a “series of threats” to Mr Ryan and a “veiled threat” toward his family.


He told Mr McGinn that gardai “ran a number of situations” with Mr Ryan to highlight the seriousness of the incident including telling the accused that his daughter would “end up being brought-up by another man” and her friends would ask “Where’s your daddy?”



Det Gda McDevitt disagreed with a suggestion that the accused man ultimately accepted he was at Fortlawn Park against a background of having being backed in to a corner by gardai and left with no other option.



The trial continues in front of Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five men.

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