Tuesday 23 January 2018

Murder accused 'disguised as woman stopped two teens for directions' - trial hears

The scene of the shooting, inset, Keith Walker
The scene of the shooting, inset, Keith Walker

Eimear Cotter

A MAN dressed in women’s clothes stopped two teenagers on the street and asked them for directions to a pigeon club where a man was later shot dead with a sub-machine gun, a jury has heard.

The man is also alleged to have asked one of the teens if he could use his mobile phone, but the young man told him he didn’t have any credit on it.

The teens gave evidence this morning that the man was wearing make-up, had lipstick stains on his teeth and was wearing women’s clothing, including black three-quarter length leggings and a black gym jacket.

One of the boys also said he saw what he thought was the “pink or purple strap” of a bra.

Christopher McDonald (34), from the East Wall area in Dublin 1, has pleaded not guilty before the Central Criminal Court to the murder of 36-year-old Keith Walker on June 12, 2015.

Mr Walker was standing in a car park outside Blanchardstown Pigeon Racing Club in Clonsilla talking to other club members when he was shot.

It is the prosecution case that Mr McDonald disguised himself as a woman and shot Mr Walker 18 times with a sub machine gun. He died at the scene as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to his head and body.

Earlier, eye-witnesses described hearing shouts of "hitman", before shots were fired and they "hit the floor".

In his evidence this morning, a teenager said he was near the Lidl store and heading towards Huntstown when he met a man wearing women’s clothes and make-up.

It is the State’s case that this man was the accused, Mr McDonald.

The boy told the Central Criminal Court that he believed the man was in his “late 30s or early 40s”, was of normal build, had a Dublin accent and had a cut over one of his eyebrows. He was wearing women’s gym clothes and women’s runners and was holding a handbag under his arm.

He had short brown or black hair and seemed to be in a hurry.

The teenager said the man asked him if he knew where the pigeon club was, but he didn’t know where it was.

Cross examined by defence counsel Bernard Condon SC, the teenager said he was never asked to attend an identity parade.

His friend also gave evidence that the man came up and asked for directions to “some pigeon club”. He didn’t know where it was because he was new to the area.

The teenager said the man was wearing women’s gym clothes and holding a cream handbag.

He said he thought there was something in the handbag because it kept slipping as he was talking to them.

He also noticed a cut over his right eyebrow and that he was wearing make-up and lipstick and had lipstick stains on his teeth.

The second teen said the man was wearing what looked like a bra which had a “pink or purple strap” as well as three quarter length black leggings and grey runners with a purple line on the back. He also had a tattoo on his arm.

The witness said the man asked him to use his mobile phone, but he told him he didn’t have any credit.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of six men and six women.

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