Trial of man accused of shooting neighbour adjourned until tomorrow

The trial of a 30-year-old Dublin man accused of shooting dead his neighbour is due to get underway at the Central Criminal Court tomorrow, after being adjourned earlier in the week when "an issue arose."

Aidan Finnegan, of Whitestown Avenue, Hartstown in Blanchardstown, has pleaded not guilty to murdering his 22-year-old neighbour, Dara McCormack, not far from where they both lived in February 2006.

During opening speeches in the case on Monday last, the jury heard that Mr McCormack's father, Thomas McCormack, will give evidence about what transpired with his son in the moments after he had been shot.

Mr McCormack senior arrived on the scene not long after his son was attacked, on Saturday night, February 11, 2006.

Dara, who was a construction worker, had returned to the family home at Whitestown Park at around 8.30pm that evening.

He asked his sister to iron his shirt as he was going out for the night, received a number of telephone calls, and spoke with his father before leaving the house again at around 9pm.

Shortly afterwards, several neighbours heard gunfire and ran outside to find Dara lying injured and bleeding on the ground.

Prosecuting barrister, Mr Bernard Condon SC, told the jury that Mr McCormack Snr will tell them "of what transpired with his son in the moments after he had received a catastrophic injury that resulted in his death".

Dara was then rushed to Conolly Memorial Hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later, after suffering blood loss and multiple organ damage due to gunshot wounds to the trunk of his body.

Mr Condon also told the jury they will hear evidence that Dara McCormack and Aidan Finnegan were known to each other for a "considerable period of their lives".

Following the opening speeches, trial judge, Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan, informed the jury that an issue had arisen in the case, and instructed them to return to the Central Criminal Court today.

The three men and seven women were informed yesterday however that a "further issue" had arisen, and that the case would have to be adjourned again until tomorrow.

Mr Justice Sheehan said the situation "may lead to a shortening of the evidence."

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