Fingerprints of double murder accused found at scene, trial told

A jury in the trial of a Dublin man accused of a double murder in the city two years ago has heard evidence that his fingerprints were found at the scene.

Gary Howard (aged 24), with addresses at Emerald Street, Dublin 2 and Dunsoghly Grove, Finglas, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Patrick Mooney (aged 58) and Brendan Molyneaux (aged 46) at Pearse House on January 10, 2010.

Fingerprint expert Garda Glenn Ryan told Ms Karen O’Connor BL, prosecuting, that he was part of the Garda Technical Bureau Team that examined the crime scene within hours of the double murder.

Garda Ryan said fingerprints belonging to Gary Howard were found inside the bathroom door of Mr Mooney’s city-centre flat.

Friends Brendan Molyneaux and Patrick Mooney were pronounced dead from shot wounds to the head shortly after they were transferred from the flat to hospital by emergency services.

Gary Howard was arrested by gardaí who forced their way into his Finglas home almost three hours after the double murder.

It is the prosecution’s case that CCTV evidence places Gary Howard at the city-centre flat at the time of the shooting, which took place at approximately 6:40pm on the Sunday evening in question.

The jury also heard evidence from lighting expert Mr Patrick Craven, who said that the apartment complex at Pearse House was “very-well lit” to a high standard.

Mr Craven examined the lighting conditions directly outside the door of flat 4G where the fatal shootings took place and also at the Hanover Street entrance to Pearse House, both of which were covered by CCTV cameras.

He concluded that there was a high level of illumination in both areas, which he said would “greatly help with the identification of individuals and faces” captured on CCTV footage.

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


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