Shane Geoghegan murder case: Accused 'admitted Shane was innocent victim'

The trial of a man accused of murdering Shane Geoghegan in Limerick has heard that the accused man - Barry Doyle - admitted to gardaí that the Garryowen rugby player was an "innocent victim".

The trial of a man accused of murdering Shane Geoghegan in Limerick has heard that the accused man - Barry Doyle - admitted to gardaí that the Garryowen rugby player was an "innocent victim".

Mr Doyle, who has an address at Portland Row in Dublin and Hyde Road, Limerick, denies murdering the 28-year-old in Dooradoyle in 2008.

On the opening day of the trial, the jury was told the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.

On the day he died, Shane Geoghegan captained his Garryowen rugby team and spent the evening with friends before walking home to the house he shared with his girlfriend Jenna Barry.

On the opening day of the trial, the jury was told she heard shots and looked out a window to see a person in a hoodie running to a getaway car.

Shane Geoghegan's body was found lying in the back garden of a neighbouring house. He had been shot five times in the head, back, arm and abdomen.

The trial heard when Barry Doyle was arrested, he admitted following the victim and shooting him in the head.

He told gardaí that after the killing, he was driven away in a Renault Espace car, and later burnt his clothes.

It is the State's case that the killing of Shane Geoghegan was intentional, and it is irrelevant that the wrong man was shot.

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