Monday 18 February 2019

Murder accused ducked as masked gunman's shot 'whizzed past my head'

Neil Reilly
Neil Reilly

A murder accused told gardai that a masked man came to his home and fired a shot that "whizzed" past his head, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Paul Bradley, who denies murdering Neil Reilly, told gardai he tried to go after the shooter, to find out who was responsible, but didn't find him.

Mr Reilly's body was found at Esker Glebe shortly after the attack.

He had suffered multiple chop injuries to the head, limbs and torso and crush injuries to his pelvis.

A pathologist said the latter indicated that he was run over and dragged by a vehicle.

Mr 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.

Sergeant Maeve Ward told prosecuting counsel Paul Murray SC that Paul Bradley gave a statement to gardai at Ronanstown Garda Station on January 18.

The mechanic told gardai that he was at home, sleeping on the couch when at about 3.50am he heard an "unmerciful bang".

He went outside and saw a man wearing a ski-mask with a shotgun in his hand.

When the man saw him he fired and Mr Bradley ducked behind a wall. "I felt it whizz past me," he said. He further told gardai that he believed his house was targeted because of "something Jason may be involved in".

The shooter then got into a white van and drove off.

Mr Bradley and his son Jason got into Paul Bradley's jeep and drove around looking for the van but Mr Bradley said they didn't see it again so they returned home.

Earlier, Garda Tomas Barrett told Mr Murray that he was patrolling the Lucan area on the night when he saw a light-coloured Mercedes 4x4 driving at speed on the Griffeen Valley Road. Gda Barrett and his colleague tried to follow the jeep but lost it.

They then headed to the Bradley home where there had been reports of shots fired.

When he arrived Gda Barrett saw a jeep that he believed to be the same one he saw earlier.


The engine and tyres were warm, he said, indicating it had been driven at speed. There was damage to the front of the car, the driver's side headlight was broken and there was blood on the driver's side panel and front wheel.

When giving his statement, Mr Bradley explained the damage saying he had been in an accident earlier that day which he did not report to gardai.

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

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