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Ian Horgan pictured leaving Limerick Court on Thursday in connection with a shooting incident in Limerick just over a year ago.

Ian Horgan pictured leaving Limerick Court on Thursday in connection with a shooting incident in Limerick just over a year ago.

Ian Horgan pictured leaving Limerick Court on Thursday in connection with a shooting incident in Limerick just over a year ago.

A MOTHER has described how pellets from a shotgun landed in a car seat with her four-week-old baby inside, following a shooting at her home in Limerick.

In her evidence at Limerick Circuit Court, Leanne Casey said she took three shotgun pellets from her baby's car seat in which her daughter Ellie Ann, who was born prematurely, was sitting.

The witness told the court the pellets had struck the head rest of the car seat.

She also described how her two-year-old son was screaming in his bedroom upstairs after two shots were fired at her house on Byrne Avenue, Prospect, Limerick.

The first shot hit Ms Casey's ex-partner Sean Finnan (27) who was standing at the front door having a cigarette, the court heard.

The evidence was heard in the trial of Ian Horgan, (31) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, Limerick, who denies possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life at Byrne Avenue Prospect on December 12, 2013.

The jury has been told that Sean Finnan - a cousin of former Liverpool and Republic of soccer player Steve Finnan - suffered multiple pellet wounds to his chest and abdomen and three pellet wounds to his wrist and forearm in the shooting.

During cross examination Leanne Casey - who identified Mr Horgan as the gunman - admitted her ex partner Sean Finnan had previous convictions for drug dealing, but insisted she wasn't aware of any enemies he had at the time.

The witness accepted she also had a previous convictions for assault causing harm and for obstructing gardai carrying out a drugs search.

It was also put to her by defence counsel Brian McInerney that her brother, Liam Casey, had received a prison sentence in connection with an incident involving a sawn-off shotgun.

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Ms Casey told the court she wasn't there to represent her former partner or her brother but to defend her children and said she had no doubt as to the identity of the man who shot at her home, whom she identified as Ian Horgan.

In her evidence, Elaine Casey told the court that she was at home with her husband when their daughter Leanne rang and was shouting and roaring that Sean Finnan had been shot.

The couple travelled to their daughters house at speed and when they arrived Mrs Casey said she saw Mr Finnan outside the house topless, holding a t-shirt to his body.

The trial continues next week when the jury will hear forensic evidence.

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