The Special Criminal Court has heard Garryowen rugby player Shane Geoghegan was shot five times in the head and body at a housing estate in Limerick.
31-year-old John Dundon, with an address at Hyde Road, is accused of ordering the murder which took place at the Clonmore Estate, Kilteragh in the early hours of November 9, 2008.
State Pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy has told the non-jury court that Geoghegan was shot five times, with bullets entering the back of his head, his left shoulder, right back, upper arm and across his abdomen.
The court also has heard Shane Geoghegan's girlfriend texted him at 1am that morning to tell him that she thought there had been a shooting on their road.
Jenna Barry (a witness in the trial) has given evidence that at 12.53am on the morning of his death Jenna Barry texted her partner Shane Geoghegan to see if he wanted to watch a DVD.
He replied by text that he was on his way.
She heard loud bangs and that when she opened the door of her house she saw a man wearing a hooded top running in the middle of the road.
She said he hopped in the side of a space wagon, someone said 'drive drive', and the vehicle sped off.
Prof Cassidy said Geoghegan was attacked going through the Clonmore Estate and ran down the side of a house where his body was found outside patio doors at the back.
When she arrived at the scene she said there was a pool of blood under his head and his clothes were heavily bloodstained.
She has told the court he would have died rapidly from the gunshot wound to the brain. One of the wounds could have been inflicted when he was bending down facing the gunman.
This morning the Special Criminal Court was informed by prosecution counsel Tom O’Connell that key witness Lisa Collins has been taken into hospital apparently with appendicitis.
He said she is facing keyhole surgery and should be fit to testify next week.
This follows the delayed appearance of her sister, also a witness, following her hospitalisation two weeks ago.