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Boy (15) in 'prank' that led to killing

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has been remanded on bail pending sentence over a "prank" that led to a fatal shooting.

Widower and father-of-one Aidan O'Kane, a mechanic, died following a row with a group of teenagers who had thrown eggs at his house at Shelmalier Road, in East Wall, in Dublin on December 7, 2008.

The 50-year-old was fatally wounded in the stomach in a laneway between Shelmalier Road and Bargy Road, not far from his home.

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, a 15-year-old schoolboy, who has 29 prior criminal convictions, 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 had thrown 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 in which the accused was involved," he said.

He said the teen, who was accompanied to his case by his mother, "did not have any intention for the end result".

"It started out as an incident where they attacked this man's house. There was a problem between the accused and the occupant over a period of time which led to tension. The occupant felt he was intimidated.

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

He told Judge Smyth that the defendant was not aware of what was going to happen to the man but added that he was involved in the early stages of an incident that led to his death.

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.

In relation to the incident at Shelmalier Road, defence solicitor Maura Kiely said that her client had been involved in a "prank" but was not involved in how the situation escalated.