THE trial has begun at the Central Criminal Court of a Limerick man who is accused of attempting to murder a young man in the city two years ago.
Shane Mason, aged 30, of Sean Heuston Place has pleaded not guilty to attempting to murder Daniel Phillips at John’s Square on May 24, 2010.
The then 22-year-old was critically injured and spent several weeks in a coma after he was shot in the head as he sat in a parked car at around 9.30pm. Mason also denies “intentionally or recklessly” causing serious harm to Daniel Phillips and to possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life on the same date.
In her opening address, Una Ni Raifeartaigh SC, prosecuting, told the jury that Daniel Phillips sustained “life threatening” injuries and that it was a “blessing” that he has made quite a good recovery since the shooting.
She told the jury that Mr Phillips sustained a gunshot wound to the back of his neck and that bullets were lodged in his skull and in his abdomen.
The jury of seven men and five women was told that while no firearm was ever recovered by gardai, bullets and cartridges found at the scene were consistent with having been fired from a semi-automatic pistol.
Ms Ni Raifeartaigh told the jury they would hear evidence during the trial that Daniel Phillips was “slumped” over the steering wheel of the Volkswagen Passat car after the shooting, but that one of the passengers managed to drive the car to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital where Mr Phillips was initially treated.
The jury has also heard that Shane Mason was wearing a bullet-proof vest when he was arrested by gardai near John’s Square around an hour after the shooting.
The trial, which is continuing before Mr Justice Garret Sheehan, is expected to last three weeks.