Monday 24 September 2018

My son often shaves head -- mum tells murder trial

CCTV: Accused seen before killing with hair, then later shaved bald

THE mother of a man on trial for murder has told a judge that her son regularly shaved his head and plucked his eyebrows.

Ann O'Brien, mother of 37-year-old Garrett O'Brien, who denies murdering Seamus O'Byrne on March 13, 2009, told the court that her son regularly attended to his hair and added that there was nothing unusual about her son shaving his head around the time of the shooting.

"Every fortnight he will shave his hair, and his eyebrows meet so he plucks them as well because I always give out to him about it," she told the court.

It is the prosecution's case that O'Brien, of Clover Hill, Bray, was the hooded gunman who shot Mr O'Byrne five times in the back in front of his partner and young son at his home at Tymon Park North, Tallaght.

Mr O'Byrne was a 27-year-old father of two.

They allege that after killing Mr O'Byrne at around 8.15pm he went back to Bray, shaved his head and then returned to the scene of the crime to try and retrieve his mobile phone.

Previously the jury had been shown CCTV footage of a man identified as O'Brien at various shops and petrol stations both prior to and after the killing.

In the earlier footage O'Brien's hair is clearly visible. However, in footage from a petrol station in Rathmines recorded in the early hours of the morning after the shooting, O'Brien's head is shaven.

Under cross-examination by prosecuting counsel Alexander Owens, Ms O'Brien agreed that her son did not keep his hair shaved all the time.

The trial continues.


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