A man who was shot dead on a country lane was worried about men hanging out near his home, a witness at a murder trial told the Central Criminal Court yesterday.
Gary Gonoude was giving evidence at the trial of two men accused of murdering Christy Daly, aged 47, at Bog Lane, Kilbride, Clara, Co Offaly, December 29, 2013, and January 7, 2014.
Matthew Gralton, aged 22, with an address at Mt Prospect in Co Roscommon, and Ross Allen, aged 25, of Carrickmines, Co Dublin, and Clara in Offaly, have pleaded not guilty to the murder.
Mr Gonoude, from Daingean, told Patrick Marrinan, prosecuting, that he towed a car to Mr Daly’s home on December 29, 2013, the day he went missing. As they entered the laneway leading to Mr Daly’s caravan, he said they spotted “three or four lads” wearing dark clothes and with hoods over their heads. He said one of them looked Chinese and he thought they had two dogs with them.
He said Mr Daly told him: “Someone’s probably tried to break into my caravan.”
Mr Gonoude agreed with Padraig Dwyer, defending Mr Gralton, that he had made three statements to gardaí
and in the first statement did not mention seeing anyone in the laneway.
The trial continues.
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