Tuesday 12 December 2017

Murder plot fell apart when shooter was tackled by victim's girlfriend and abandoned by his alleged gang, trial hears

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Photo: Getty Images/Ingram Publishing

Eoin Reynolds

A murder plot fell apart when the shooter was tackled by his victim's girlfriend and then abandoned by his alleged gang, the prosecution at a murder trial said at the Central Criminal Court today.

Gary Flynn (31), of Rossfield Drive in Tallaght has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Seamus 'Shay' O'Byrne at Tymon Park North in Tallaght on March 13, 2009.

Prosecution counsel Alex Owens SC summed up the prosecution's case saying Mr Flynn is "inextricably linked" to the gang that killed Mr O'Byrne. He cited CCTV footage, mobile phone and forensic evidence as proof beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Flynn was working with the gang to carry out the murder.

He told the jury of nine men and three women that Garrett O'Brien, who has already been convicted of shooting Mr O'Byrne, was tackled to the ground by Mr O'Byrne's girlfriend Sharon Rattigan,

He said the other alleged gang members, waiting in cars nearby, at first tried to drive to his rescue but then sped off. "Poor Mr O'Brien was left behind," he said, adding that he took a "trouncing" from Ms Rattigan. "We don't know how he got back to the Red Cow to collect his motor car but we do know that the others were long gone at that stage."

He said some other members of the alleged gang, including Mr Flynn, fled across the city to Coolock where they were identified on CCTV cameras.

The trial continues before the jury and Justice Patrick McCarthy this afternoon.

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