Sunday 24 February 2019

Broken headlight pieces 'matched car of accused', trial told

Paul Bradley has pleaded not guilty to Neil Reilly’s murder
Paul Bradley has pleaded not guilty to Neil Reilly’s murder

Gardai matched plastic found at the scene of an alleged murder to the broken headlight of a jeep seized at the home of the accused, a trial has heard.

Paul Bradley (54) and his sons Jason (20), Dean (24), and Ryan (18), of Liscarne Gardens, Dublin 22, have all pleaded not guilty to the murder of Neil Reilly (36) at Esker Glebe in Lucan, Dublin, on January 18, 2017.

At the Central Criminal Court trial yesterday, Detective Garda Ronan Lawlor of the Garda Technical Bureau told prosecuting counsel Paul Murray SC that he took two pieces of plastic lifted from the road near where Mr Reilly was found dying from his injuries.

The damaged headlight of a Mercedes jeep that was parked at the Bradley home was produced for the jury and Det Gda Lawlor demonstrated that the pieces fit into the gaps of the broken lamp.


The jury heard forensic evidence relating to various cars seized by gardai in the aftermath of Mr Reilly's death.

Detective Garda Sean Cosgrove of Ronanstown Garda Station said on the day the investigation began he visited the Bravo Transit Garage on the Naas Road, owned by Paul Bradley. He saw a black BMW with what he believed to be bloodstaining, a smashed sunroof and damage to other areas.

Det Gda Lawlor said he examined the BMW at a garda compound and first noticed swipe marks on the bonnet which suggested it had been cleaned.

Blood-like red stains were visible on the lens of the front passenger sidelight, on the grill, the bonnet, the driver's door and the roof around the broken sunroof. Underneath the car he could see bloodstains on the front bumper, steering axle and the exhaust pipe and box. He took swabs to be sent away for forensic analysis.

The prosecution alleges that the Bradleys engaged in a joint enterprise to murder Mr Reilly after he fired two shots at the Bradley home.

The trial continues.

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