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I stole car used in postman's shooting

A DUBLIN man has pleaded guilty to stealing the car that was allegedly used in the shooting of innocent postman Robert Delany three years ago.

Robert Gaynor (21) admitted taking the Honda Integra from a car dealership shortly before the shooting.

The car is alleged to have been the one used in the shooting in Tallaght.

Gaynor had his case adjourned for sentencing when he appeared in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. No other charge was brought against him.



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Mr Delany was shot in the head at his home at Russell Rise, Tallaght, on October 22, 2008, as he looked out of an upstairs window.

He was rushed to hospital but was left in a vegetative state from his injuries

The 29-year-old was allegedly targeted by a gang after he tried to stop someone being beaten up outside a pub in Tallaght.

The chief suspect in the shooting has since died. He is believed to have been recruited to carry out the attack on the innocent father-of-two who intervened in a pub row.

Mr Delany was sprayed in the face with shotgun pellets as he leaned out of his bedroom window and fell back into his apartment.

The gunman and an accomplice escaped and a car used by them was later found by gardai.

Garda technical experts later forensically examined the car, and it is alleged that DNA matched that of Robert Gaynor.

Gaynor, of Berryfield Drive in Finglas, was charged with stealing the Honda Integra from Francis McCann Car Sales, Naas Road in Clondalkin.

aphelan@herald.ie