Doyle trial hears suspect's phone was used in area at time of murder

The Shane Geoghegan murder trial has heard that the defendant’s phone was used in an area and at a time where a previous witness said he discussed the killing.

The Shane Geoghegan murder trial has heard that the defendant’s phone was used in an area and at a time where a previous witness said he discussed the killing.

The jury of eight men and three women heard the technical evidence on day nine of the trial at the Central Criminal Court.

The 28-year-old Garryowen captain was shot around 1am on November 9, 2008 near his home in a case of mistaken identity.

Barry Doyle (aged 26), a father-of-three from Portland Row, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to his murder at Clonmore, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle in Limerick.

Maps of an area in east Limerick were today given to the jury on which two Meteor mobile phone cell sites and a pub were marked.

Eamonn O’Garvey, a radio engineer with Meteor, testified that a mobile phone number, already identified as belonging to Barry Doyle, used both cell sites on the morning of the murder.

He said that Mr Doyle’s phone used a cell site at ESB, Plassey to make three calls between 7.20am and 7.25am that day. His phone then used a cell site at ESB Annacotty to make two calls in the following minutes.

Under cross examination by the defence, Mr O’Garvey said that a cell site had a maximum range of 35km if there were no obstructions.

Mapping expert Detective Garda Laura Bolger confirmed that ESB Annacotty was 1.33km from a bar called Finnegan’s, while ESB Plassey was 2.6km from the pub.

The jury had already heard from witness April Collins, who said she met Barry Doyle at Finnegan’s car park around 7am that day.

Ms Collins testified that she had previously heard John Dundon tell Barry Doyle to shoot a man called John McNamara. She said that when she arrived at Finnegan’s that morning, Mr Dundon was saying that Mr McNamara was dead.

John Dundon then spoke to someone on the phone, she continued.

“Then he asked Barry Doyle to describe the man he killed and Barry described him. He said he was big, the way John described him,” she said.

Evidence has now concluded in the trial and Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan has told the jury that closing speeches will be delivered on Monday.

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