Jury watches CCTV footage of shooting in murder trial

Video footage of a gunman opening fire on a customer as he sat in a Dublin bookies, has been shown to the jury in the trial of a man alleged to be the getaway driver in the fatal attack.

Video footage of a gunman opening fire on a customer as he sat in a Dublin bookies, has been shown to the jury in the trial of a man alleged to be the getaway driver in the fatal attack.

There was total silence in the Central Criminal Court today as the jury viewed CCTV footage showing a man wearing a motorbike helmet walk into Byrne's Bookmakers on Killester Avenue and shoot Christopher Barry.

Mr Barry was shot nine times. The gunman was in the shop for just six seconds.

Liam Bolger (aged 23), a father of one with an address at Homelawn Gardens in Tallaght, has denied the murder of Mr Barry on September 13, last year.

It's the prosecution's case that Mr Bolger was the getaway driver for the gunman and that the case is one of joint enterprise.

On day seven of the trial, the court was shown a number of CCTV clips showing the white Renault van, alleged to be used in the getaway, driving through Dublin city on the afternoon in question.

The van was seen arriving at the Cuckoo's Nest in Tallaght that Saturday, and the driver, wearing a red t-shirt, blue jeans and white runners, was seen walking into the pub in the company of another man.

A Manchester United/Liverpool match was being shown at the time, and the driver was seen in the pub, before leaving at half-time on his own.

The van was later captured on CCTV cameras near the city centre.

A motorbike, driven by a man wearing a dark blue helmet, was also captured on CCTV driving down Malahide Road and turning left onto Killester Avenue, just before 3pm that afternoon.

There was silence in the court as the jury then watched the clip of a man wearing a dark blue motorcycle helmet, a black jacket and grey tracksuit pants, enter Byrne's Bookmakers. He had both arms stretched out in front of him and a black object in his hands.

The shop was filled with customers at the time, including a young boy with his father.

Christopher Barry was seen sitting in the corner wearing a bright yellow t-shirt. He ran from the gunman to the other side of the shop, as a bright flash was seen coming from his attacker's hands.

More flashes were seen as customers fled the shop and the gunman walked into the middle of the bookies in pursuit of Mr Barry, who had ran to the far corner, clutching his abdomen.

Customers were still leaving the shop as there was another flash and Mr Barry crouched down.

As the gunman backed towards the door and turned to leave the empty shop, one of Mr Barry's shoes was just visible on the video monitor.

The court was told that the gunman was in the bookies for no more than six seconds.

The jury also heard further details of the interviews that Gardaí conducted with Mr Bolger at Raheny Garda station, following his arrest in Tallaght on the evening of the shooting.

He told Gardaí that he went to the Cuckoo's Nest on the day in question, to watch the Manchester United/Liverpool match, but that he left at half time because he wasn't “really into it.”

When asked by detectives if he had shot Christopher Barry, the accused replied: “I never shot anyone in my life...I was never involved in any murder in my life.”

Mr Bolger denied he was the one who had driven the gunman, and said he “definitely” did not know who shot Mr Barry.

The court heard how the accused repeatedly answered “ I've been advised to say no comment” when asked by detectives about his whereabouts on the afternoon of the killing.

As he was probed further about his movements, and asked to explain how a witness had seen his van in Killester Park around the time of the shooting, Mr Bolger replied that he had been advised by his solicitor not to say anything. “I don't mean to be rude” he told Gardaí.

Mr Bolger also refused to sign any documents given him by Gardaí.

“This is a very serious case and I've been advised not to put my initials to anything,” the accused explained.

The trial resumes tomorrow morning before Mr Justice Paul Carney.

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