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.
The court has previously heard that Mr Doogue died after being shot three times by a masked and hooded gunman on a bicycle.
Detective Garda Shane Curran, a ballistics expert with the Garda Technical Bureau, told prosecuting counsel Kerida Naidoo that he examined a Makarov 9mm pistol found buried in Shaw’s Wood by a garda search team.
Det Gda Curran fired the pistol and compared the bullet with two that had been taken from Mr Doogue’s body.
He said he was “satisfied” that the bullets in Mr Doogue’s body had been fired by that same pistol.
He explained to the jury that when a bullet travels through the barrel of a gun grooves on the barrel leave marks on the bullet that are unique to that gun.
Yesterday Garda Mairead Lacey told Mr Naidoo that she found the gun, along with a silver silencer and ammunition, after following a foot-worn trail leading from the back of Mr Lammon’s home to Shaw’s Wood.
Inside the wood she discovered a small round hole in the ground and dug down with her hands.
Det Gda Curran said the gun, which is of Russian origin, was in good condition. Its serial number had been removed.
The magazine found with it contained three live rounds and the muzzle of the gun was threaded to allow the silencer to be attached.
Inspector Seamus Rothwell of Athy Garda Station told defending counsel Mary Rose Gearty SC that during searches of Mr Lammon’s home and the surrounding areas gardaí discovered a number of items, including latex gloves, clothes, runners, bullet proof vests and fireworks.
A black top was retrieved from the River Barrow that flows near Mr Lammon’s property.
Mr Naidoo explained that the prosecution had no further witnesses available yesterday and Justice Paul Butler asked the jury to return today.