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Saturday 18 August 2018

Murder accused seen on CCTV, trial hears

CLAIM: 'Suspect bought Red Bull can found at killing scene'

A WICKLOW man on trial for the murder of a 27-year-old father of two was captured on CCTV footage buying a can of Red Bull, later found at the scene of the killing, a court heard

Garrett O'Brien (34), of Clover Hill, Bray denies fatally shooting Seamus O'Byrne in the driveway of his home at Tymon Park North, Tallaght 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.

The prosecution alleges Garrett O'Brien was the hooded gunman who shot Mr O'Byrne in the back before struggling with his partner, Sharon Rattigan, who was shot in the leg.



FOOTAGE

The jury were shown CCTV footage from a Topaz petrol station in Brennanstown, Bray, recorded on March 11, 2009.

Two men were seen getting out of a red car, one wearing a navy baseball cap with a beige trim, a navy top with white piping at the bottom and dark trousers.

Det Gda Michael McGarry identified this man as Garrett O'Brien, noting his distinctive manner of walking.

Det McGarry told Alexander Owens SC, prosecuting, that he was familiar with O'Brien's appearance from the time of his arrest and a photograph taken of him while he was in custody.

Footage from Spar at Ballymount Industrial Estate, on the evening of March 12, 2009, showed a white Nissan Micra park in front of the shop and a man in a baseball cap and dark clothing walk inside.

Det McGarry identified the man as Garrett O'Brien, saying: "This man is Garrett O'Brien, he is in the exact same clothing and has the same distinctive gait as the man in Topaz the previous day."

The man was seen purchasing a can of Red Bull and a coffee before exiting and driving off in the Nissan Micra.

Earlier in the trial, the jury had been told that gardai had found a broken black Nokia mobile phone and a can of Red Bull on the ground outside Mr O'Byrne's home.

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