Man shot friend and threw him from car 'as a favour for dealers'

A Dublin man shot his friend with a sawn off shotgun outside a southside suburban shopping centre and then threw him from his car as a favour for drugs dealers, a court heard today.

Jonathan Dunne told gardaí that he had fired two shots at Mr Ian Kenny as Mr Kenny sat in Dunne’s Volkswagen Golf car outside shops at Lakelands Road, Stillorgan because he had been asked to return a favour by people.

Dunne said that when he was a 16-year-old he had lost €50,000 worth of drugs belonging to people who said they would let it go but he would owe them a favour.

The Central Criminal Court was told that Mr Kenny was hit in the side of the head and right shoulder by the shotgun blasts, had survived but is now on a life support machine in St Vincent’s Hospital.

Dunne (aged 23),of Windmill Road, Crumlin pleaded guilty last month to the attempted murder of Mr Ian Kenny (aged 21) of Monasterboice Road, Crumlin at Lakelands Road, Stillorgan on July 4th , 2007. He also admitted possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life on the same date.

Detective Sergeant Michael Gibbons told prosecuting counsel Mr Denis Vaughan Buckley SC that Mr Kenny was shot as he sat in the front passenger seat of Dunne’s car. The car was then driven off and Mr Kenny was pushed from it about fifty metres away by Dunne.

The car was then driven to Dargle Wood in Knocklyon where it was set on fire. Members of the Tallaght Drugs Unit who had been alerted about the shooting in Stillorgan spotted two men coming from Knocklyon and they were sweating and agitated.

When Dunne was asked where he had come from he said shops in Stillorgan and added:``I shot him I shot Ian Kenny in the head. It was due to circumstances . It was either him or me. It was done as a favour and this is how I had to repay it. It was him or me.’’

Dunne was arrested and later told gardaí during interviews that he had been forced to bring Ian with him in the car and shoot him. ``If I didn’t I was going to get a bullet in the head and my family as well. I didn’t want to do it, but I had to do it. I had no choice as my life was in danger and my family.’’

``I shot Ian in the shoulder. When he didn’t get out and run I had no choice but to do it again,’’ he said.

Dunne told gardaí that the two people who had approached him to shoot Mr Kenny were ``at the centre of everything and that’s why I fear for my life and my family.’’

He said that Mr Kenny had slumped on him when he was in the car and his blood spattered everywhere and it was ``the most horrible moment of my life.’’

``If I could take it back I would . I am so sorry for what was done,’’ he said. ``Ian was my friend.’’

Mr Justice Paul Carney remanded Dunne in custody for sentencing on Wednesday.

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