Limerick man appeals two murder convictions

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Appeals: Gary Campion
JUDGEMENT has been reserved in the case of a Moyross man who is seeking to have his convictions for two city murders overturned.

JUDGEMENT has been reserved in the case of a Moyross man who is seeking to have his convictions for two city murders overturned.

Gary Campion, aged 31, who has an address at Pineview Gardens is serving separate life sentences for killing Brian Fitzgerald in November 2002 and Frank Ryan in September 2006.

Mr Fitzgerald (34), who was head of security at Doc’s niteclub, was shot by hitman James Martin Cahill (40) outside his home at Brookhaven Walk, Corbally in the early hours of November 29, 2002.

Campion was the driver of the motorbike used by Cahill to flee the scene of the shooting.

During the appeal, Martin O’Rourke SC, submitted the original trial judge was “fundamentally in error” when he refused a defence application to have Cahill assessed by a psychiatrist.

In his evidence during the trial, Cahill said he was hearing screaming and voices in his head and that they only went away when he told the truth about the things he had done in his life.

Mr O’Rourke said a medical examination of Cahill should have been facilitated to establish whether or not he suffered from any mental health issues and that the failure to order such an examination put his client at a disadvantage.

In relation to Campion’s conviction for murdering Frank Ryan, the principal ground of appeal relates to the admission of evidence from State witness Errol Ibrahim in the original trial.

Mr Ryan (21) was shot in the head on September 17, 2006 while sitting in a car at Pineview Gardens, Moyross.

The car was situated between two street lamps and the evidence was that the street lamps weren’t operative on the night in question.

Mr Ibrahim was a passenger in the car and the prosecution relied on him as a direct witness.

Mr O’Rouke submitted gardai ‘leaned on’ Mr Ibrahim - making him choose between a charge of withholding information and being a suspect for murder.