Sunday 18 August 2019

Ryan killed by bullet to head from close range, court hears

Killed: Vincent Ryan was shot dead outside his partner’s home. Picture: Collins
Killed: Vincent Ryan was shot dead outside his partner’s home. Picture: Collins

Eoin Reynolds

A Dublin man died from a gunshot wound from a bullet that went through his head at close range, a pathologist has told the trial of two men accused of his murder.

Acting State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan told prosecution counsel Paul Burns SC at the Central Criminal Court she found three bullet wounds when she examined the body of Vincent Ryan one day after he was shot while sitting in his car outside his partner's home.

The trial also heard that a man using the name of one of the accused called gardaí five days before Mr Ryan's death, saying he had been in a fight with "one of the Ryans" and was "anxious and fearful that someone was watching his apartment".

Paul O'Beirne (36), of Colepark Drive, Ballyfermot, and Jeffrey Morrow (37), of Burnell Court, Coolock, have pleaded not guilty to murdering 25-year-old Mr Ryan at McKee Road in Finglas on February 29, 2016.

Dr Mulligan described a bullet wound she said entered the right side of Mr Ryan's forehead and was 2.5cm in diameter. It had black staining around the border which Dr Mulligan said occurs when a person is shot at close range.

A second wound on the left side of the forehead had the appearance of an exit wound.

Another wound went through his right hand. A third entered the back of the right shoulder and Dr Mulligan said she found a wound to the base of the neck which had the appearance of an exit wound.

Dr Mulligan said she had identified three wounds including the "through and through" wound to the head.

Garda Glynn Miller told Mr Burns he received a call on duty on February 24, 2016, from a person calling himself Jeffrey Morrow. The caller seemed "very anxious" and said he had been in a fight with "one of the Ryans and believed someone was checking out his apartment as a result of that fight".

Gda Miller sent gardaí to the scene and told them the caller said a man was standing beside a white Renault car. The gardaí did not find the man. The witness agreed the caller seemed "genuinely anxious and fearful that someone was watching his apartment".

The trial continues before Justice Michael White and a jury of eight men and four women.

Irish Independent

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