Accused wrote ‘bitch is dead’ on cell wall

Melanie McCarthy McNamara: Shot in head

The man charged with murdering Melanie McCarthy McNamara has admitted writing graffiti on his cell wall which the State says bragged about killing her.

Graffiti including “2 in the head. The bitch is dead”, was found on Daniel McDonnell’s cell wall while he was detained at a Garda station on suspicion of her murder.

Counsel for Mr McDonnell made the admission on behalf of his client on the third day of his trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Mr McDonnell, aged 19, of Brookview Lawns, Tallaght, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to murdering the 16-year-old on Feb 8, 2012, at nearby Brookview Way. She was shot in the head as she sat in a car with her boyfriend and his friend.

“While detained at Tallaght Garda station, the accused admits that he wrote certain matters on his cell wall, as detailed in the statement of Garda Francis Glennon and subsequently photographed by members of An Garda Siochána,” said Patrick Marrinan, defending.

Garda Glennon later testified he was the jailer in the station during Mr McDonnell’s detention there in Feb 2012. He said he noticed graffiti scratched onto his cell wall including: “Moran scummy nacker (sic)” and “Moran scum”, which the prosecution claims is a reference to Ms McCarthy McNamara’s boyfriend, Christopher Moran.

“They were signed, Dano McDonnell and D McD,” recalled Garda Glennon.

The garda said he also saw the line: “I’ll do 25 on the toilet while you’re crying Pikey. 2 in.” The State says the word ‘pikey’ is a derogatory word for Mr Moran, who is a settled Traveller.

Garda Glennon took photographs of the graffiti. The jury was show the photos.

Garda David Pidgeon said that written below ‘Moran scum’ were the words: ‘2 in the head. Your bitch is dead ha ha.’

The jury also heard yesterday Ms McCarthy McNamara died of significant cranial-cerebral trauma incompatible with survival , due to a shotgun wound to her left temple. This was the opinion of Khalid Jabbar, who carried out the autopsy on her body.

The trial has now gone into legal argument before Mr Justice Paul Carney and the jury will return to court on Tuesday.


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