Geoghegan defendant talked about shooting, court hears

A woman has testified to hearing the defendant in the Shane Geoghegan murder trial discuss the shooting in which the rugby player was killed, insisting he got the right man.

April Collins, aged 24, from Limerick, was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court at the trial of a man charged with murdering the 28-year-old in Limerick.

Barry Doyle, aged 26, of Portland Row, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Geoghegan at about 1am on Nov 9, 2008, at Clonmore, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle. The Garryowen player was shot in a case of mistaken identity.

Ms Collins said Ger Dundon, from whom she has since split, received a phonecall in the hours after the shooting. She drove him to the back of a restaurant on the Dublin Road.

“We met John Dundon and Barry Doyle. John was saying John McNamara was dead,” she said. John Dundon spoke to someone on the phone, she continued.

“Then he asked Barry Doyle to describe the man he killed, and Barry described him. He said he was big, the way John described him. ‘It was him. I’m sure it was him’, Barry Doyle added,” she said.

She denied suggestions by Martin O’Rourke, defending, that she made up this story to get herself out of trouble with the gardaí.

Barry Doyle’s ex-girlfriend and mother of one of his children also testified. Victoria Gunnery said Barry Doyle moved to Limerick in 2008 and was going to stay with Ger Dundon. She said he texted her at 8.30pm on Nov 8 that year to say he was turning his phone off because he had to go to do something. When he turned his phone on at 1.30am, she asked him why he’d had it off. “He said there was madness going on down in Limerick,” he said.

She said he then went away for a while and rang her from Amsterdam. “He asked what the papers were saying. I said: ‘They know it’s you because it’s a very, very close associate of Patrick Doyle,” she recalled, referring to the defendant’s deceased brother. “‘They have no proof’,” was his response, she said.

She said when he returned before the new tear, she asked him how he was going to live with himself “for doing that to an innocent fella”.

The trial continues.

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