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Shooting victim told doctor he was 'wearing bullet-proof vest'

A MAN who claims he was targeted in a shooting incident told his doctor he was wearing a bullet-proof vest at the time of the attack.

Liam 'Baby' Kelly (22), with addresses at Cosgrave Park, Moyross and Lower Park, Corbally, in Limerick, was due to be sentenced at Limerick Circuit Court yesterday on drugs charges.

A doctor told the court, however, that Mr Kelly had presented himself at his clinic yesterday morning, claiming he had been shot the previous night.

Gardai in Limerick were yesterday investigating the shooting which is reported to have taken place at 12.40am yesterday in St Mary's Park in Limerick.

Gardai were called after receiving reports that a number of shots had been fired in the area.

Detectives confirmed yesterday that a man in his 20s was taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, after suffering injuries to his back. He was treated at the hospital but later discharged.

At Limerick Circuit Court, Dr John Barry gave evidence that Mr Kelly had called to his clinic yesterday morning claiming that he had been shot in an overnight incident but that he was wearing a bullet-proof vest at the time.

On examination, the doctor found no obvious marks but said there was acute muscular spasm in Kelly's lower back and that he had difficulty walking and sitting.

It was the doctor's opinion that Mr Kelly was unfit to attend court.

Judge Carroll Moran adjourned the sentencing hearing until next Tuesday.

Irish Independent