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Sunday 22 October 2017

Man shot five times admits to charge of imprisoning couple

Christopher Maguire will be sentenced on October 18
Christopher Maguire will be sentenced on October 18

A man who made a remarkable recovery after being shot five times has pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning a man and a woman in Saggart.

Christopher Maguire (38), of Dun Emer Place, Lusk, admitted yesterday at the Special Criminal Court to falsely imprisoning Martin Byrne and Lisa Byrne in the Towers, Garters Lane, Saggart, on June 9, 2015.

Shane Costello, prosecuting, told the non-jury court the pleas were acceptable to the State.

Assault

Maguire was remanded on continuing bail until October 18, when he will be sentenced.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt ordered victim impact statements to be prepared.

In August, it emerged that father-of-two Maguire had assault and criminal damage charges related to a separate incident dropped at Dublin District Court.

He had been charged in relation to an alleged incident at the house he shared with his partner.

He was arrested by gardai investigating a disturbance at the home on April 30 and, after being charged, was subject to strict bail conditions imposed by the district court.

Meanwhile, a major garda investigation is continuing into the attempted murder of Maguire.

In July 2016, he was shot several times in the head and body as he sat in a car in the Dun Emer Place estate.

He was left in a coma and at one point it was feared he would not survive. Last March, gardai arrested a suspect in the attempted murder case, but he was later released without charge after being questioned at Balbriggan Garda Station.

After the shooting, gardai said they were following hundreds of lines of enquiry.

"I would like to thank members of the public who have provided information and assistance in the investigation to date," Supt Noel Carolan said at the time.

Appealing

"Several hundred separate lines of inquiry are being followed by investigating gardai, with assistance from detectives attached to the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

"I am again appealing to anyone with information to contact the incident room."

As well as information about the shooting, Supt Carolan said gardai were seeking help in tracing the movements of a white Volkswagen Golf with the Northern Ireland registration number XFZ 9316.

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