Saturday 21 April 2018

Murder accused told gardai: 'You've got the wrong man' when questioned about shooting, court hears

Judge's gavel.
Judge's gavel.

The jury in a murder trial has heard that the accused told gardai "you've got the wrong man" when he was being questioned about the shooting of a Dublin man in 2012.

Keith O'Neill (39) from Lissadell Drive, Drimnagh in Dublin has pleaded not guilty to murdering John Wilson (35) on September 28th, 2012 at his home on Cloverhill Road, Ballyfermot Dublin 10.

Conor Devally SC prosecuting told the jury today that it is agreed that Mr O'Neill actively denied the killing in interviews with gardai following the shooting.

Mr Devally added that Mr O' Neills response at the time was: "you have the wrong man".

Detective Garda Eamon O'Brien told Mr Devally that he sought authorisation for access to the records of the phone of the accused in September 2012.

Detective O'Brien confirmed that he sought records from September 21st to September 29th 2012 and found that over that period a total of 210 incoming and  outgoing calls were recorded.

Under cross examination by Keith Spencer BL defending, Detective O'Brien confirmed that incoming calls coming form a network other than Meteor were not recorded.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt asked the jury of five women and seven men to return on Monday, in order to allow legal argument to take place in the afternoon.

He added that because it's a circumstantial case, it's important to allow counsel to have an intervening period to consider what they want to say.

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