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Monday 20 August 2018

Jury set to go out in busker murder trial

Closing speeches have been heard in trial of two Wicklow men accused of shooting dead a French street entertainer as he slept in his bed.

Declan Sheridan (25) of Sugarloaf View, Sea Road, Kilcoole and James O'Connor (27), of Kilbridge Grove, Bray, both deny murdering Charles Sinapayen at Richmond Hill, Bray, in the early hours of May 29, 2009.

The 33-year-old musician and juggler was asleep next to his girlfriend Mary Kinlan when he was shot through the bedroom window of his apartment.

He died two days later in Beaumont Hospital, the Central Criminal Court heard.

Ms Kinlan, who had taken sleeping tablets, slept through the shooting and awoke only when gardai broke in. They had been alerted by neighbours who heard the shots.

Counsel for the State Una Ni Raifeartaigh told the jury that if they were to "put all the pieces of the jigsaw together" they would come to a picture which "inexorably" pointed to the guilt of the accused men.

She said the prosecution was no closer to understanding why Mr Sinapayen was the victim of a "meaningless" and "callous" murder.

The jury heard evidence from key prosecution witness Keith Lowe, who said he drove O'Connor and a second man to Richmond Hill on May 29.

As Mr Lowe waited in the car, he said he heard the sound of breaking glass and two gun-shots, before the men returned in a panicked and agitated state.

He noticed a gun on O'Connor's lap before he was told to drive the men to a cemetery, where he said the two men left the car for a time and returned without the gun or the tops they had been wearing.

Paul McDermott, for O'Connor, told the jury that they had to consider the "fundamental inadequacies" in the story outlined by the prosecution and in that Mr Lowe, who was a "seriously flawed" heroin addict.

The trial continues.

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