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Dad was shot dead in his bed, jury told

A JURY at the trial of a man accused of murder heard he killed his victim with a shotgun as his partner slept in the bed beside him.

Trevor McCabe (35), Mountpleasant, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Darren McGrath (33) in Belturbet, Co Cavan on May 20, 2008.

Opening the case in the Central Criminal Court yesterday, Anthony Sammon, prosecuting, said it was the State's case that McCabe had shot Mr McGrath twice while he slept.

"These shots literally blew Darren McGrath away," Mr Sammon told the court.



Awakened

The court heard that shortly before 5am on the day of the killing a man came into the bedroom of Mr McGrath and his partner Nicole Lennon while they slept.

Ms Lennon was awakened by the presence of someone in the room and a man leaned over her and fired twice at Mr McGrath.

Ms Lennon will give evidence that this man was the accused.

Mr Sammon told the jury that important evidence would be given that McCabe was involved in a serious accident three years ago in which his left leg was seriously injured.

He said this was "extremely significant" as a neighbour of Mr McGrath would give evidence that on the morning in question he was awoken by the two shotgun blasts.

He looked out of his window and saw two men walking away from Mr McGrath's home, one of whom had an obvious limp.

The jury were told that Ms Lennon was "very definite" from the beginning that McCabe was the shooter.

Prosecuting counsel said Ms Lennon had known McCabe for two years prior to the shooting but they were "not particularly friendly".

The accused had attended the christening of Darren McGrath and Nicole Lennon's child.

The jury was told the accused was arrested some days after the killing in Dublin and a passport, that did not belong to him, was found in his possession.

The trial continues.

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