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Grumpy Jack's assassin smirks as he's convicted

A 28-year-old assassin smirked after being convicted of the murder of a drug dealer in Grumpy Jack's pub after a dramatic two-month long trial.

Peter Kenny, of McCarthy's Terrace, Rialto, smirked as he was found guilty of murdering drug dealer John Carroll (33) at Grumpy Jack's pub in the Coombe just after 9.30pm on February 18, 2009.

Remanded

Three other men were also tried for murder in a trial that has been going on since May.

Father-of-two Bernard Hempenstall (28), from Park Terrace, The Coombe, and Damien Johnston (27), of Cashel Avenue, Crumlin, were acquitted and no verdict was reached on Christopher Zambra (35) of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh.

The DPP must now decide whether to retry Mr Zambra, who has been remanded in custody.

All four had pleaded not guilty to the Carroll's murder. Carroll, from Charlemont Street, was shot dead while socialising in Grumpy Jack's in 2009.

The case was built around the word of the only man to admit taking part in the murder -- self-confessed criminal Joey O' Brien from Crumlin.

A drug-dealer since he was 15, a garda informant and heavy gambler, Joseph O'Brien was arrested trying to leave Ireland. After admitting to sourcing the motorbike used and relaying information back and forth, he turned State witness.

He was accepted into the Witness Security Programme, granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying against the defendants, and spent almost two weeks in the witness box giving evidence.

CCTV footage of the killing was screened a number of times during the trial.

It showed the gunman seemed to know what Mr Carroll looked like and where he would be sitting.

Weapon

The man walked into the pub wearing a helmet and fired a number of shots at the victim with a semi- automatic weapon. He followed Mr Carroll as he ran and other customers were also seen running, including Mr Hempenstall, who had been sitting with Mr Carroll.

The court heard gardai found a tick list of debtors and creditors adding up to €250,000 in Mr Carroll s pocket.

kfoy@herald.ie


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