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Witness admits involvement in murder was 'memorable'

THE chief prosecution witness in a murder trial has testified that being involved in a murder was a memorable event.

The accomplice-turned State witness was being cross examined by a lawyer for the man accused of ordering a pub murder four years ago.

Joseph O'Brien, who is now in the witness protection programme, has been granted a form of immunity, meaning nothing he says in evidence can be used against him.

The 28-year-old spent his second day in the witness box yesterday in the trial of a man charged with murdering Dubliner John Carroll. The 33-year-old was shot dead in Grumpy Jacks pub in The Coombe on February 2009.

Fellow Dubliner Christopher Zambra (38) of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh, has pleaded not guilty to his murder.

Michael O'Higgins SC, defending Mr Zambra, asked Mr O'Brien if being involved in a murder was a memorable event. "Kind of, yeah," he replied. "It is, yeah."

Mr O'Higgins said he was asking due to the number of times Mr O'Brien had said he didn't remember while giving his evidence.

Irish Independent