Victim shot dead by man dressed as a woman at pigeon club, jury told

A 34-year-old man has gone on trial accused of murdering another man at a pigeon club in West Dublin.

Keith Walker, aged 36, was shot a number of times on June 12, 2015 in Clonsilla.

The jury was told he was shot by a man dressed up as a woman with a long black wig.

Christopher McDonald, with an address in the East Wall area of Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to murder.

The jury was told that Keith Walker, from Clondalkin, drove with his six-year-old son to Blanchardstown to see a man called Jason O’Connor.

Denis Vaughan Buckley, for the prosecution, said the two men were both interested in racing pigeons and discussed which birds to put forward for upcoming races.

When they had organised the pigeons, Keith Walker put them into carrier baskets and got into Jason O’Connor’s partner’s car and drove to the Blanchardstown Racing Pigeon Club in Clonsilla.

It was around 6pm in the evening - the court heard - and as Mr Walker was chatting to people in the club - a man dressed up as a woman with a long black wig and carrying a handbag approached him.

The man removed an automatic firearm from the handbag and shot Keith Walker multiple times.

The jury was told CCTV footage will show the killing taking place.

Mr Vaughan Buckley said one witness will say that there was blood spatter and shells everywhere and the victim Keith Walker had no time to react.

A post mortem showed 18 bullets had hit him.

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