Paramedic: Murder victim had puncture wounds everywhere

Paramedics have told a Limerick murder trial that the victim was found in a pool of blood with puncture wounds “everywhere”.

They were giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court yesterday in the trial of three men charged in connection with the death of Gerard McMahon, aged 43.

Seán Flanagan, aged 28, and Paul Colbert, 46, of Lenihan Ave, Prospect in Limerick City, are charged with murdering Mr McMahon on Jan 18, 2012.

They have pleaded not guilty to murdering him at a house on Lenihan Ave.

Ian Flanagan, aged 24, of the same address as his co-accused, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assisting an offender on the same date. He is accused of removing a CCTV recording device from their house, knowing it might form evidence in a prosecution.

The jury has heard that Seán and Ian Flanagan are brothers and Mr Colbert is their uncle.

Advanced paramedic Gerard Griffin testified yesterday that he arrived at the scene at 12.41am last Jan 18.

“I found a man lying in a pool of blood,” he said. “There was no sign of life.”

He said he attached a defibrillator to the man. His colleague, Brendan Ryan, arrived at the house about 20 minutes later and noticed blood on the steps up to the front door, on the door, and in the hallway. He saw a patient being attended to on the living room floor.

“He had punctures everywhere, mostly on his back and head,” he said. Both paramedics were present later that morning as Mr McMahon was pronounced dead at the Mid Western Regional Hospital.

The trial spent much of yesterday in legal argument in the absence of the jury.

It will resume on Monday before Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and the jury of eight women and four men.


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