Chawke shooting: Man fails in appeal

A Dublin man has failed in his appeal against his conviction for the shooting of publican Charlie Chawke during a robbery.

Chawke shooting: Man fails in appeal

A Dublin man has failed in his appeal against his conviction for the shooting of publican Charlie Chawke during a robbery.

The Court of Criminal Appeal today dismissed the appeal brought by Frank Ward (aged 57), who received two concurrent life sentences in October 2007 for shooting and robbing Mr Chawke in the car park of the Goat Grill, Goatstown on October 6th, 2003.

Ward, a father of three with an address at Knockmore Avenue, Tallaght, had pleaded guilty to five charges relating to assault causing serious harm and possession of a firearm.

During the robbery, Mr Chawke had tried to seize the pump-action shotgun carried by Ward but fell and was shot in the leg. Ward, who robbed Mr Chawke of almost €50,000, told his victim “I will sort you out”. His right leg had to be amputated above the knee after the attack.

Among 26 grounds of appeal, which were submitted to the court by way of correspondence amounting to some 238 pages, Ward claimed that the trial judge wrongfully refused to exclude all Fianna Fáil members from the jury.

He said that the jury should have been vetted to exclude all Fianna Fáil members as Charlie Chawke had “bankrolled” a former Taoiseach and jurors who were members of the party would show bias against him.

Ward, who represented himself, also argued that he pleaded guilty to the charges because he had “lost confidence” in the trial process and his health had been affected by stress and an insufficient supply of food and water.

Presiding judge Mr Joseph Finnegan, sitting with Mr Justice Declan Budd and Mr Justice Daniel O’Keeffe, said the court would dismiss the appeal brought by Ward on all grounds.

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