Thursday 17 October 2019

Man (23) charged with murder of dad of three

Shot dead: John Gibson. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Shot dead: John Gibson. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Patrick O'Connell

A 23-year-old man was charged yesterday with the murder of father-of-three John Gibson in Dublin two years ago.

Dressed in a white shirt, black hoodie and dark jeans, Matthew Bell, of Ambervale in Tallaght, was brought before Judge Gerry Jones at Dublin District Court. Detective Garda Kevin Bowen gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution at Tallaght Garda Station. He told Judge Gerry Jones he arrested Matthew Bell at 9.11am at Cookstown Way in Tallaght.

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He said the arrest was carried out for the purpose of charging Mr Bell with Mr Gibson's murder. The accused was conveyed to Tallaght garda station where he was charged by Sgt Ross O'Doherty.

His reply to the charge was: "no comment".

The court heard he was handed a true copy of the charge sheet.

Mr Bell's defence solicitor asked, given the nature of the charge, that he be granted legal aid. He also requested medical and psychiatric attention, saying his client "was on a wide range of medication".

Judge Jones remanded Mr Bell in custody to Cloverhill Prison to appear again at 10am on October 4.

Mr Gibson (28), a fitness instructor, was shot several times as he sat in his car at the CityWest shopping centre on September 18, 2017.

He tried to flee on foot but died at the scene after being treated by emergency services.

Sunday Independent

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