Thursday 19 April 2018

Teen on bail over 'prank' that led to fatal shooting

Tom Tuite

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy -- who has 29 prior convictions -- has been remanded on bail pending sentence for a "prank" where pelting eggs at a house led to the fatal shooting of its owner.

Widower and father-of-one Aidan O'Kane died following a row with teenagers near his home at Shelmalier Road in East Wall, Dublin, on December 7, 2008. The 50-year-old mechanic was fatally wounded in the stomach in a laneway between Shelmalier Road and Bargy Road.

Earlier this month a 17-year-old-boy, with no prior convictions, was placed on supervised probation after he pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to threatening, insulting and abusive behaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace, at Shelmalier Road, on December 7, 2008.

Yesterday at that court, another defendant, the schoolboy aged 15, pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Detective Sergeant David Gallagher told Judge Bryan Smyth that on the afternoon of the fatal shooting, the boy and two other youths threw eggs at a house on Shelmalier Road.

"It resulted in the occupant coming out of the house, he was subsequently shot and killed following a confrontation with a gang of youths.

"When the lads came down he ran out of his house, threats were made and another person went off to procure a firearm," he added.

He told the judge that the defendant was not aware of what was going to happen to the man.

The court heard that the teenager had been placed on probation a number of times by the court for dangerous driving, assault, burglary, motor theft and trespassing offences.


He also pleaded guilty to another offence for trespassing with intent to put fear in another.

Judge Smyth adjourned sentencing until a date next month when the boy is also facing a hearing for trespassing and handling stolen property.

Another 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named, had been charged previously with the murder of Mr O'Kane and is currently awaiting trial at the Central Criminal Court.

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