Firearms residue found on clothing

A forensic scientist has testified that firearms residue was found on the clothing of two men on trial charged with murdering a dissident republican almost two years ago.

Peter Butterly, aged 35, was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn, Gormanston, Co Meath, at about 2pm on March 6, 2013.

Three Dublin men are on trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court, charged with his murder.

Dean Evans, aged 24, Edward McGrath, aged 33, and Sharif Kelly, aged 44, have pleaded not guilty to murdering the father of two.

Mr Evans and Mr McGrath have also pleaded not guilty to firearm offences on the same occasion.

A forensic scientist testified yesterday that he analysed clothing seized from Mr Evans and Mr McGrath following the killing.

Dr John O’Shaughnessy said that he found firearms residue on a grey jumper attributed to Mr Evans and on a grey jacket attributed to Mr McGrath.

The court then heard from a forensic scientist, specialising in DNA, who examined clothing attributed to the boot of Mr Kelly’s wife’s car.

Sandra McGrath testified the DNA profile on a tracksuit top and bottoms found there matched that of Mr Evans.

Ms McGrath also examined other items found elsewhere during the investigation. These included a black balaclava, black gloves and a black wig.

She said a DNA profile matching that of Mr Evans was found on the balaclava and the gloves, while a DNA profile matching Mr McGrath’s was found on the black wig.

The trial is in its 47th day. The prosecution evidence is expected to finish today before the three-judge court.


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