Vincent Ryan died from gunshot wound through the head, pathologist tells court

A Dublin man died from a gunshot wound that went through his head, a pathologist has told the trial of two men accused of his murder.

Vincent Ryan died from gunshot wound through the head, pathologist tells court

A Dublin man died from a gunshot wound that went through his head, a pathologist has told the trial of two men accused of his murder.

Acting State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan told prosecution counsel Paul Burns SC at the Central Criminal Court that she examined the body of 25-year-old Vincent Ryan one day after he was shot while sitting in his car outside his partner's home.

The pathologist said she saw a bullet wound that entered Mr Ryan's head to the right side of the forehead and was 2.5cm in diameter. It had black staining around the border which Dr Mulligan said occurs when a person is shot at close range. There was a second wound on the left side of the forehead which Dr Mulligan said had the appearance of an exit wound.

A second gunshot wound went through his right hand. A third entered the back of the right shoulder and Dr Mulligan found a wound to the base of the neck which she said had the appearance of an exit wound. A toxicology test showed that Mr Ryan had no alcohol or drugs in his system at the time of his death.

In her conclusion Dr Mulligan said she had identified three gunshot wounds including the "through and through" wound to the head. The wound to the head, she said, caused massive damage including brain swelling and bleeding and resulted in respiratory arrest and death. She also found "complex skull fractures".

The cause of death, she said, was the gunshot injury to the head while the injuries to the hand and shoulder contributed to blood loss.

Paul O’Beirne (36) of Colepark Drive, Ballyfermot and Jeffrey Morrow (37) of Burnell Court, Coolock have pleaded not guilty to murdering 25-year-old Vincent Ryan at McKee Road in Finglas on February 29, 2016.

The trial continues in front of Justice Michael White and a jury of eight men and four women.

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