Sunday 15 December 2019

Trial hears girlfriend wrestled gun off killer after he shot her in leg

Sharon Rattigan. Pic: Courtpix
Sharon Rattigan. Pic: Courtpix

Eoin Reynolds

A witness at a murder trial has told how she grappled with a gunman and bundled him over a wall after he gunned her partner down and shot her in the leg.

Sharon Rattigan was speaking in the Central Criminal Court at the trial Gary Flynn (31), of Rossfield Drive in Tallaght. Mr Flynn has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Seamus 'Shay' O'Byrne at Tymon Park North in Tallaght on March 13, 2009.

Speaking to prosecution counsel Alex Owens SC, Ms Rattigan said she had been living with Mr O'Byrne in Tymon Park for two years.

On the day Mr O'Byrne died, they had spent time at her mother's house, returned home, and were planning to head out again.

At about 8pm she was in their car waiting for Mr O'Byrne when she saw a man in dark clothes and a hoodie walk towards her.

"His top was dark and he had a hood up but his face was not covered," she said.

She described the man as stocky and said she thought he was going to walk on past but then he turned to Shay and started shooting.

"Shay fell to the ground and I tried to run and stop him," she said. "He turned around and shot me."

Ms Rattigan said she was shot in the leg, just above the knee, but she kept going and tried to take the gun from the man. He hit her over the head and told her: "Let go of the gun, you tramp."

She continued: "I got the gun out of his hand. I fell over the wall and he was trying to get the gun back off me. We were both on the ground."

After a short while the man jumped up and ran away, Ms Rattigan kept the gun and put it into her car, which was parked in the driveway.

The jury was also shown CCTV footage of the incident.

Witness Elizabeth Caffola, a neighbour, said she heard Sharon Rattigan screaming.

"I couldn't believe she [Sharon] was walking around after being shot," she said.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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