Witness: I heard accused threaten murder victim

A witness at a murder trial yesterday said he heard the accused man threaten the deceased hours before a hooded gunman wearing a balaclava and riding a bicycle shot him dead.
Witness: I heard accused threaten murder victim

James “Jimmy” Lammon, aged 44, of Cardington Way, Athy, Co Kildare, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 22-year-old Jason Doogue in the Green Hills area of Athy on August 21, 2015.

Calvin Cullen, aged 18 now and 17 at the time, told prosecuting counsel Kerida Naidoo SC that he saw an argument between Lammon and his “best mate” Jason Doogue.

It was in the early afternoon when Mr Calvin, Mr Doogue and a group of friends had gathered at Emily Square in the centre of Athy. He said Lammon was driving by in a green van when he started “mouthing out of the van towards us.”

He said Mr Doogue responded and shouted into the van at Lammon. “They were shouting at each other,” he said and then he heard Lammon say “You’re getting it tonight, you’re getting whacked tonight,” and “watch, watch, you’re dead tonight.”

He said Jason Doogue responded: “I’ll get you before you get me.” Then Lammon drove off and the group of youths walked to the nearby courthouse.

The trial continues at the Central Criminal Court on Monday.

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