Murder trial witness denies he was Garda informer

The State’s main witness in a Dublin murder trial has denied he was giving information to a Garda in the drugs squad, the Central Criminal Court heard.

The State’s main witness in a Dublin murder trial has denied he was giving information to a Garda in the drugs squad, the Central Criminal Court heard.

"You knew Garda Morris Cullen and you were giving him information," Mr Phelan SC said to Mr Joseph O’Callaghan, aged 20, to which he replied: "No."

"You made this nonsense up, you concocted it up to save your own skin," Mr Phelan suggested to the 20-year-old witness.

"Just because I don’t have tax and insurance doesn’t mean that I would accuse someone of murder, get a life," Mr O’Callaghan told Mr Phelan SC.

The witness, who gave evidence last week, was recalled by defence barrister, Mr John Phelan SC on the behalf of his client Mr Brian Kenny.

Mr Brian Kenny, aged 36, of Kilshane Cross, Finglas, Co Dublin and Mr Thomas Hinchon, aged 25, of St Ronan’s Close, Clondalkin have denied the murder of 25-year-old Dubliner Jonathan O’Reilly of St Mark’s Gardens, Clondalkin on April 17, 2004.

Mr Kenny also pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill Mr Joseph O’Callaghan on April 17, 2004 at Finglas, Dublin. Mr Kenny denies the possession of a firearm, a Beretta single automatic shotgun on May 10 2004 at Michelstown Cottage, Kilshane Cross, Dublin.

He also pleaded not guilty to possession of ammunition on the same date. Mr Hinchon pleaded not guilty also to threatening to kill Mr Joseph O’Callaghan on April 17, 2004.

It is alleged by the State that the deceased man was shot outside Cloverhill prison as he sat in a BMW car. A motorcycle drew up beside the car and a number of shots were fired through the car glass and struck Jonathon O’Reilly mortally wounding him, the State alleges.

Mr Phelan SC put it to Mr O’Callaghan that when he was arrested for possession of €160 worth of heroin he told gardaí he had supplied heroin on previous occasions. The 20-year-old told the court that was correct.

The defence barrister went on to say to Mr O’Callaghan that when his car was seized by gardaí on May 9, 2004 for not having insurance or tax, that he took off over the wall of his mother’s house.

Was this not a strange thing to do, Mr Phelan SC suggested. "Not where I come from. You see the guards and you run," Mr O’Callaghan said.

Mr Phelan SC put it to Mr O’Callaghan he confided in Mr Kenny’s wife, Mandy Kenny, when he was living at the accused’s house. The 20-year-old denied he had a long conversation with Mandy Kenny saying: "I can’t remember".

Mr Phelan suggested that Mr O’Callaghan told Mrs Kenny that gardaí had brought him in for questioning after stopping him for having no tax or insurance. "I’ve been brought in a few times for drugs searches", he answered.

The defence barrister suggested Mr O’Callaghan was giving information to Garda Morris Cullen from the drugs squad and as a result of this a number of his friends were raided. Mr O’Callaghan denied this.

"Until your car was seized by gardaí on May 9, you received lots of phone calls from this Garda," Mr Phelan suggested.

"I can’t remember", Mr O’Callaghan said. "Why would Mandy say that?" Mr Phelan asked the witness. "She’s lying," Mr O’Callaghan said.

Mr Phelan suggested to the witness that he was a self confessed criminal and that he wouldn’t know the truth if it jumped up and bit him.

"You knew Garda Cullen and you were giving him information", Mr Phelan said to Mr O’Callaghan, to which he replied: "No."

"You made this nonsense up, you concocted it up to save your own skin," Mr Phelan suggested to the 20-year-old witness. "You don’t accuse people of murder because your car is being taken, this is 2005, get real," Mr O’Callaghan replied to the barrister.

"Just because I don’t have tax and insurance, that I would accused someone of murder, get a life," Mr O’Callaghan told Mr Phelan SC.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Michael Peart.

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