Murder verdict in Geoghegan inquest

An inquest jury in Limerick returned a murder verdict in the death of Garryowen rugby player Shane Geoghegan who was shot dead near his home in Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, on the night of Nov 9, 2008.

Murder verdict in Geoghegan inquest

Coroner Dr Tony Casey told the six-member jury that murder was the only verdict open to them.

Two men, John Dundon and Barry Doyle, have been jailed for life for the murder.

Doyle was ordered by Dundon to travel to Kileragh to murder another man, John McNamara, but shot Mr Geoghegan in a case of mistaken identity.

Mr Geoghegan, 28, had been watching a rugby game on TV with a friend in another part of the Kilteragh estate. He was walking to the house at Clonmore, he shared with his partner Jenna Barry, when he was shot. The coroner’s inquest could not be concluded until all legal proceedings into the murder were completed.

Mr Geoghegan’s partner, Jenna Barry, his mother Mary, brother Anthony and other family members attended yesterday’s hearing.

The medical report carried out by State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy, detailed five bullet wounds inflicted on Mr Geoghegan.

The coroner, asked the family if they wanted him to read out the complete pathologist’s report, or a summary. Mrs Geoghegan indicated they wished to hear the full report.

Dr Cassidy found that the trajectory of the bullets indicated he was running from his attacker when some shots were fired and was in a crouched position when one bullet hit him.

One bullet, entered the back of his head, causing fatal brain injuries.

Four other bullets hit his upper body and one which entered one of his lungs could also have caused death, according to Dr Cassidy’s report.

When the coroner, along with Garda Inspector Dermot O’Connor and the foreman of the jury offered their condolences to the family, Shane’s mother, Mary said: “I would like to say thank you.”

The family made no further comment.

Following the hearing which lasted less than 20 minutes, Mrs Geoghegan hugged family members.

She also embraced Garda Deirdre Cleary, of Roxboro Road, who has acted as Garda liaison officer to the family, since the murder.

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