'Chaos' after Inchicore pub shooting

A witness at the Central Criminal Court today described the chaos which ensued after a shooting in an Inchicore pub packed with families on Grand National day last year.

A witness at the Central Criminal Court today described the chaos which ensued after a shooting in an Inchicore pub packed with families on Grand National day last year.

Sandro D'Ambrosio (aged 30) from Inchicore was giving evidence in the trial of Shay Wildes (aged 36) from Corbally Park, Tallaght. Mr Wildes denies murdering Declan Griffin (aged 32) from Coolock in the Horse and Jockey pub on April 5, 2003.

"I heard a bang," said Mr D'Ambrosio. "I looked at Mr Griffin. He had a hole in the side of the head. I heard the kids screaming and all the mothers trying to get them out."

The court heard that Mr Griffin's life had been threatened by a Dublin gang. He enlisted the help of Mr Wildes to remove the threat, for an alleged sum of €15,000.

Mr D'Ambrosio, who was to earn €1,000 for acting as a go-between, said that a week before the killing took place Mr Wildes received information that Mr Griffin was an informer.

On Friday, April 4, Mr Wildes told Mr D'Ambrosio that he was getting "really pissed off" with Mr Griffin. The man who had threatened Mr Griffin's life had been kidnapped, and Mr Wildes wanted payment.

Mr D'Ambrosio told defence counsel Mr John Peart SC that when Mr Griffin heard this he demanded to see "results for his money".

The next day the three men met at the Horse and Jockey pub around 6pm. Mr Wildes positioned himself close to the exit.

In the course of the conversation Mr D'Ambrosio heard Mr Wildes say that he was "loaded". Only four or five minutes after entering the pub, Mr Griffin received a fatal shot to the head. Mr D'Ambrosio said he saw Mr Wildes "heading out the door with a gun in his hand".

The trial continues before Mr Justice Barry White and the jury.

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