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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Suspect forgets grandad's address

A MURDER suspect refused compassionate bail to attend his grandfather's funeral was unable to tell the High Court what his dead relative's address was.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said he had not been impressed by the evidence of 22-year-old Keith Wilson (right) - who is charged with the murder of father-of-two Daniel Gaynor in Finglas, and who told the court he had been very close to his late grandfather.

Mr Gaynor (24) was shot in the neck and chest as he walked along St Helena's Road, Finglas, on August 14 last and Mr Wilson is charged with his murder.

Judge McCarthy said he did not accept that Wilson, of Cremona Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin, had been particularly close to his 85-year-old grandfather.

He refused to release Wilson for eight hours from tomorrow morning to attend the funeral despite an offer by his family to post €5,000 bail just so he could be there.

Wilson told his barrister, Seamus Clarke, he was very close to his grandfather and used to clean his house for him. He said he wanted to attend the funeral tomorrow morning and had no intention of skipping bail.

In cross-examination by Ms Grainne O'Neill, counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions, Wilson said he could not remember his late grandfather's address but knew where the flats were where he had lived.

He could not remember the exact number of times he had visited his grandfather during 2010 but felt it was about 10 times.

Wilson agreed with Ms O'Neill that his grandfather had been in a home since February 2010 and said the 10 visits must have taken place during the months of January and February last year.

When asked if he spent a lot of time in Spain he said he had and could not remember the number of times he had been there last year.

Ms O'Neill told Wilson his evidence to the court was "simply not credible".

Garda Inspector Martin Cumins told the court he had opposed the granting of bail before Mr Justice Butler when bail had initially been refused and did not believe Wilson would turn up to face trial.

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