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Saturday 18 August 2018

Jury shown shotgun found after man 'savagely beaten to death'

Paul Bradley
Paul Bradley

The jury in the trial of a father and three sons who deny murder was shown a shotgun found by gardai in a garden the day after the killing.

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

The prosecution claim that Mr Reilly fired a shotgun at the Bradley home shortly before 4am on the day in question.

It alleges this prompted a car chase that ended with Mr Reilly being beaten to death in a brutal and savage attack by Mr Bradley and his sons.

Garda Sergeant Maeve Ward yesterday told the Central Criminal Court that she found the shotgun in a garden in Rowlagh Crescent the day after Mr Reilly's death.

The shotgun was discovered close to where gardai found an unlocked white van, inside which was a balaclava.

Sgt Ward identified the weapon when it was produced in court.

The jury spent much of the afternoon watching CCTV footage that Garda Shay Timmins said showed a white van travelling to Liscarne Gardens.

It arrived outside the Bradley home at about 3.51am. It then left, followed by a car.

CCTV footage gathered from houses and businesses showed a van and a car driving as far as Rowlagh Crescent, where footage of the van stopped. The car continued on.

Emergency call operator Caroline Flannagan told prosecuting counsel Paul Murray that she received a call from a man who identified himself as Paul Bradley at 3.56am on January 18. The call was played to the jury.

A man, who identified himself as Paul Bradley, can be heard saying "shots fired" and gives an address at Liscarne Gardens.

Severe

On Wednesday, the jury heard how Mr Reilly died after he was hit seven times with a "chopping type implement".

He also had severe crush injuries to his pelvis consistent with having been run over.

The trial continues in front of Justice Paul Coffey and a jury of six men and six women.

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