Forensics point to shooting suspect, court told

IMPORTANT forensic and circumstantial evidence pointed to the guilt of a man charged in connection with the shooting of his daughter’s then-boyfriend, it was claimed at Limerick Circuit Court yesterday.

Anthony Kelly, aged 50, of O’Malley Park, Southhill, Limerick, denies possession of a semi-automatic pistol with intent to endanger life on October 28, 2009.

The prosecution alleges Kelly shot his daughter’s then-boyfriend, Michael Lynch, aged 27, from O’Malley Park, Southhill.

Mr Lynch received a gunshot wound to the back, which exited his body though his chest.

State prosecutor John O’Sullivan, BL, yesterday said the whole picture of what happened was consistent with the evidence of Mary Lynch, mother of the shot man, and his brother Gerard. They testified they saw Kelly fire shots, one of which hit Michael Lynch.

The shooting happened after the Lynches went to the Kelly house following an alleged assault on Mrs Lynch.

Mr O’Sullivan said while there was no DNA evidence to link the accused to the shooting, circumstantial evidence was a key feature of the case.

This included evidence that, shortly after the shooting, a Glock gun linked to the shooting was given for safe-keeping to a neighbour of the Kelly family, Tony McDonnell.

Mr O’Sullivan said there was no evidence of conspiracy against the accused and there was “not the slightest evidence” of damage to the door of Kelly’s house, which the defence said was shot at.

The shooting was not carried out by a ‘third man’ and Kelly was the person who shot Michael Lynch, Mr O’Sullivan said.

Defence counsel Brendan Nix, SC, said that after the shooting, a garda — despite being told a man in the house had shot somebody— knocked on Kelly’s door on his own.

“That is what we are asked to believe,” he said.

On claims that shots were fired at Kelly’s home, he said this did not mean bullets were fired straight at the door.

Mr Nix said the case against Kelly was reckless and involved the abandonment of the truth. What happened, he said, was that the gardaí went out to prove a case against Kelly.

The case was unsafe, unprofessional and an unedifying spectacle, he said.

The jury heard Kelly repeatedly told gardaí he would be exonerated by CCTV footage of the incident from a camera near his house. However, the camera to which Kelly referred was found to be not operational.

The jury will retire today to consider its verdict.

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