a man has been found guilty of murdering his best friend by shooting him at point blank range in Kildare last year.
Darren Wynne (21) of Ballyroe, Athy, Co Kildare had pleaded not guilty to murdering Dubliner Jamie Lindsay (20) at Coney Green, Coneyboro, Athy on April 6, 2013.
Mr Wynne later pleaded guilty to manslaughter. But yesterday, the jury of eight men and four women returned a unanimous verdict of guilty of murder after almost five hours of deliberation.
Wynne was also convicted of possession of a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition with intent to endanger life on the same date of April 6.
Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan thanked the jury and adjourned sentencing until July 22 next.
Two other men who were being tried for the murder alongside Wynne pleaded guilty to manslaughter during the trial and will also be sentenced on that date.
It was State's case that Quentin Monaghan (21) of Tullamoy, Stradbally, Co Laois and James Seery (21) of Canal Side, Athy were part of a joint enterprise.
The court heard that Mr Lindsay was shot in the right eye at almost point blank range at the Coneyboro estate.
Wynne said he shot Mr Lindsay in the shoulder but only wanted to kneecap him and did not mean to kill him.
Wynne told gardai that Mr Lindsay was threatening him over €1,000 for cannabis herb that had gone missing. He claimed he also threatened to rape his grandmother.
Counsel for Wynne raised the defence of provocation and also said that the gun used was capable of accidental discharge.
Witness Jodie Browne (22) told the court that she and Monaghan met Wynne and Seery at a graveyard that day. She said Wynne had a gun and Monaghan had said he wanted to buy it. She told the court they drove to the Coneyboro estate and to give Mr Lindsay a scare.
Ms Browne said Seery sent a text and they met Mr Lindsay down an alley. "Darren shot him… he was right in front of him," she said.