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Friday 22 September 2017

'Kids around' when killer in drag began shooting, jury told

Keith Walker
Keith Walker

A man who tried to resuscitate a racing pigeon fan shot dead by a man in drag has told a court there were young children around at the time.

Pigeon club member Mark Kelly was beside Keith Walker when he was killed, allegedly by Christopher McDonald.

Mr Kelly said it was lucky more people had not died.

Mr McDonald (34) has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Walker outside the Blanchardstown Pigeon Racing Club, Clonsilla, on June 12, 2015.

It is the State's case that Mr McDonald, dressed as a woman, removed a sub-machine gun from a handbag, ran towards Mr Walker and discharged the weapon multiple times.

Mr Walker was shot 18 times, including twice to the head. He was fatally wounded and died at the scene.

Mr Kelly said he was standing beside Mr Walker when "a man dressed as a woman" approached them.

Mr Kelly said the man started to pull something from a bag, he moved away and the individual started firing.

He said the shooter "riddled Mr Walker to bits".

Mr Kelly said the man was wearing "women's pants", a black wig and white shoes. He was of thin build, was wearing make-up and had short hair. He was also carrying a brown handbag.

Mr Kelly gave Mr Walker CPR but "the poor young fella was gone". He said he did not know how many times Mr Walker was shot, but "I'd say he put every one of them into him".

In cross-examination, Mr Kelly said he gave his statement to gardai on the day of the shooting. He also said "young kids were there and it was lucky that more people were not killed".

A second pigeon club member, Brian Duffy, said he was outside the club when he saw criminal Jason O'Connor's car drive in and Mr Walker get out of it.

Hitman

Mr Duffy said he was sitting talking to another man, Paul Foster, when Mr Foster nudged him and said: "That's a hitman."

He said he saw a man, who was coming towards them, reach into a bag, and it was like "a whole lot of fire crackers were going off".

Mr Duffy said he walked behind a van, and when he got back up the shooter was gone.

He said he did not go over but knew Mr Walker was on the ground. The trial continues.

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