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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Suspect 'told gardai he shot rugby player'

THE Dublin man charged with murdering rugby player Shane Geoghegan allegedly admitted to the shooting during garda interviews, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The prosecution was making its opening speech in the trial of Barry Doyle (26), of Portland Row, Dublin. He has pleaded not guilty to murdering the 28-year-old on November 9, 2008, at Clonmore, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, Limerick.

Tom O'Connell, prosecuting, said the Garryowen player was killed in a case of mistaken identity, but that this was immaterial and "neither here nor there".

"The State says that Barry Doyle saw a human being in front of him," he said. "He fired bullets into his body, intending to kill him or, at the very least, cause massive injury.

"If you come to the conclusion that Barry Doyle did that to Shane Geoghegan, then that is murder," he added. He said that Mr Geoghegan had captained Garryowen in a match on Saturday, November 8, that year.

Afterwards he watched another match in the house of a friend, who lived across from the home Mr Geoghegan shared with his girlfriend.

"As he was making his way back to his own house, he was attacked by a gunman," said Mr O'Connell. He said several people heard shots and screaming and saw the getaway car.

Gardai were called at 1.06am and arrived to see a shattered window in the house directly across the road from Mr Geoghegan's. Gardai went around the back of this house and found Mr Geoghegan lying dead at the door step.

Mr O'Connell said that the accused came from Dublin, but had been living in Limerick since June 2008. He left the city shortly after the murder and went to Turkey, but returned shortly before Christmas that year. He was arrested in February 2009 and ultimately charged with murder, he said.







Innocent

He said that in his 15th garda interview Doyle made admissions to the gardai about his involvement in the killing.

"He admitted shooting Shane Geoghegan," he said. Doyle also said he had never met Mr Geoghegan before, who he described as an innocent man.

"All the evidence suggests that Mr Doyle was part of a joint enterprise," said Mr O'Connell. However Doyle did not name anyone else involved.

The trial continues

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