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Four shooting inquests begin in just one day

An inquest into the shooting of gangland figure Seamus O'Byrne was one of four inquests into deaths due to fatal shootings adjourned at a Dublin coroner's court yesterday.

Seamus O'Byrne (27) of Tymon Park North, Tallaght Dublin 24 was shot dead outside a house in Tymon Park, Tallaght on March 13, 2009.

A post mortem exam found Mr O'Byrne, a gangland figure, died of gunshot injuries to the chest with gunshot wounds to the head and left leg as a contributory cause.

Inspector John Walsh of Tallaght Garda Station told the Dublin County Coroner's Court that an individual is before the courts and a trial date is expected soon.

He applied for an adjournment of the inquest, which coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty granted. The coroner also adjourned separate inquests into the shooting of Wayne Doherty and into the stabbing of David Sharkey in 2009 as the cases are before the courts.

Wayne Doherty (32) of Beechwood Downs, Clonsilla, Dublin 15 was shot at Oakview Way, Hartstown, west Dublin on July 4. A post-mortem exam found Mr Doherty died of a gunshot wound to the trunk.

David Sharkey (28) of Canterbrook, Navan, Co Meath was discovered in the boot of a silver BMW car in St Joseph's Park, Finglas on May 17, 2009.

A post mortem exam found Mr Sharkey, a drug dealer, died of stab wounds to the trunk and left arm with blood loss.

Meanwhile, a further two inquests into deaths from shootings were adjourned due to ongoing Garda investigations.

Michael Hendrick (35) of Deerhaven Park, Blanchards-town was gunned down in Melrose Park, Clondalkin in February 2009.

Liam Murray (42) of Roebrook Cottages, Rathfarnam, south Dublin was found in the bedroom of his cottage on March 20, 2009. The coroner adjourned the inquests.