Murder accused 'had nothing to do with victim', court hears

The man accused of a gangland style murder in a pub in Inchicore, Dublin, claimed in an interview shortly after the shooting that he was in Tallaght eating steak at the time.

The man accused of a gangland style murder in a pub in Inchicore, Dublin, claimed in an interview shortly after the shooting that he was in Tallaght eating steak at the time.

Shay Wildes (aged 36) from Corbally Park, Tallaght, denies the murder of Declan Griffin (aged 32) from Coolock in the Horse and Jockey pub, Inchicore on April 5, 2003.

On the sixth day of the trial Detective Sergeant Adrian Whitelaw confirmed that in a statement after Mr Wildes’ arrest on 12 April 2003 he said he was nowhere near the scene of the crime and did not have anything to do with the victim.

Previously the court heard that the deceased lived in fear of a gang and had allegedly been offered protection from them by Mr Wildes. Mr Griffin was to pay Mr Wildes €15,000 in return.

It is alleged that, on April 5, 2003, Mr Griffin left with €5,000, a third of the total fee, for a meeting with Mr Wildes in the Horse and Jockey.

At the time of the shooting the pub was packed with families. It was Grand National day and Manchester United had triumphed over arch rivals Liverpool. As several darts enthusiasts began arriving for a Saturday night tournament the sound of the fatal gunshot ripped through the pub.

In her evidence on day four of the trial the manager of the Horse and Jockey, Sandra Maguire, said: "I heard a bang. I thought one of the kids was after throwing a banger into the pub or something."

Then children began screaming and running towards the back of the premises away from Mr Griffin's bloodied body at the front.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Barry White and the jury of six men and five women.

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