Jury to begin deliberations in Limerick shooting case

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

THE jury in the Anthony Kelly trial will begin its deliberations later this morning.

THE jury in the Anthony Kelly trial will begin its deliberations later this morning.

Kelly, 51, of 121 O’Malley Park, Southill has pleaded not guilty to posession of a semi-automatic glock pistol with intent to endanger life at his home on October 28, 2009.

It is the prosecution case that Kelly shot 29-year-old Michael Lynch ‘in the back’ following a row outside his home shortly after 7am.

In his closing speech yesterday, Brendan Nix SC launched a scathing attack on the professionalism of gardai in the city and in particular those involved in the investigation of the shooting incident.

“There was only one gear in this garda investigation, and that was onwards and upwards until we prove he [Kelly] did it - not who did it. Is this a case of reckless abandonment of the truth? Or is it a case of ‘it doesn’t really matter’,” he said.

Mr Nix submitted there are many aspects in the case which should give the jury “cause for pause” and to “think again”.

John O’Sullivan, BL, for the State, told the jury to recognise the circumstantial and forensic evidence in this case. “There is not the slightest shred of evidence that any shots were fired at Mr Kelly’s house,” he said referring to claims made by Kelly during interviews following his arrest.

*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of Limerick Leader, dated October 26, 2011