Limerick man found guilty of murder

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A LIMERICK man has been convicted of murdering another man on the outskirts of the city 18 months ago.

A LIMERICK man has been convicted of murdering another man on the outskirts of the city 18 months ago.

Kenneth Collopy, 20, of Kilonan, Ballysimon had denied murdering Daniel Fitzgerald at his uncle’s home at Cloughnadromin, Ballysimon on December 8, 2009.

The 25-year-old carpenter died shortly after he was shot a number of times to the rear of his uncle’s home on the main Limerick to Tipperary Road. Throughout the two-week trial, the prosecution argued that Mr Collopy murdered Daniel Fitzgerald in retaliation for an arson attack at his home the previous night.

It was the defence case that Collopy only intended to fire at caravans where the Fitzgerald family were temporarily staying and that he did not intend killing Daniel Fitzgerald.

The jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict shortly before midday today after less than three hours of deliberations.

Kenneth Collopy now faces life imprisonment.