A MURDER verdict was returned this Wednesday at the inquest of a young carpenter who was shot on the outskirts of the city almost two years ago.
The inquest into the death of Daniel Fitzgerald, was previously adjourned pending the outcome of a criminal investigation and prosecution, which concluded earlier this year.
The 25-year-old died shortly after he was shot a number of times in a yard located at the rear of his uncle’s home at Cloughnadromin on the main Limerick to Tipperary Road on December 8, 2009.
At Limerick Coroner’s Court, the jury of five men and one woman heard details of the findings of the assistant state pathologist, Dr Khalib Jaber, who conducted a post mortem on the body of Mr Fitzgerald.
The inquest was told the he found the deceased man died as a result of sustaining several gunshot wounds to his head, body and thigh.
After hearing the evidence in the case, the jury at the inquest recorded a unanimous murder verdict.
Following the inquest, Daniel’s father, Noel, said his family would never forget Daniel who he described as a “great guy”. Noel said his family were “learning how to cope” ahead of the second anniversary of his Daniel’s murder. “He was a great guy, he was a great friend and he was amenable to everybody and he was always helpful” he said.
In April of this year, 20-year-old Kenneth Collopyof Kilonan, Ballysimon was convicted of murdering Daniel Fitzgerald following a two-week trial at the Central Criminal Court
During the trial the prosecution argued the shooting was in retaliation for an arson attack which Mr Collopy incorrectly believed Daniel Fitzgerald had carried out at his home.
It was the defence case that Kenneth Collopy only intended to fire at caravans where the Fitzgerald family were temporarily staying and that he did not intend killing Daniel Fitzgerald.