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Tuesday 22 January 2019

I couldn't kill my own worst enemy, says murder suspect

A MAN on trial for the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old father of two told gardai he was no murderer and couldn't kill his worst enemy, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Garrett O'Brien (34), of Clover Hill, Bray, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Seamus 'Shay' O'Byrne who was shot five times in the back by a hooded gunman, in the driveway of his home at Tymon Park North on March 13, 2009.

He has also pleaded not guilty to a second charge of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life on the same date.

During several interviews conducted at Tallaght Garda Station on March 16, 2009 O'Brien told Det Gda Colin Rochford he had no role in the killing of Mr O'Byrne.

He said: "I might be a lot of things but I'm no murderer, I couldn't do it to my worst enemy."

When asked by Det Gda Rochford where he was on the night of the shooting Mr O'Brien replied that he had spent the evening at his sister's house in Bray.

"The reason I know for sure where I was is because I'm superstitious and I didn't want to move because of my superstition, it was Friday the 13th," he said.



Birthmark

Mr O'Brien told gardai he couldn't remember the route he took to walk home as he was "out of it" having taken valium, methadone and cannabis.

When asked by gardai if he had received the marks on his hands and wrists during a struggle O'Brien replied: "Would you give it a rest; that's a birthmark."

The prosecution is expected to conclude their evidence on Monday, when the trial will resume.

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