Crawford found guilty of Limerick murder

LIMERICKMAN Greg Crawford has been found guilty of murdering Gareth Grant in the city in 2007, following a trial at the Central Criminal Court of Justice in Dublin.

LIMERICKMAN Greg Crawford has been found guilty of murdering Gareth Grant in the city in 2007, following a trial at the Central Criminal Court of Justice in Dublin.

The jury of six men and six women returned with their verdict this Friday afternoon after deliberating for nearly two hours after hearing a week of evidence before Mr Justice Paul Carney.

Crawford, 24, from St Munchin’s Street, St Mary’s Park, had denied killing the 25 year old father of three, who was shot dead outside his home at St Ita’s Street, St Mary’s Park on October 8, 2007.

The 25-year-old died at the Mid Western Regional Hospital a short time after he was shot a number of times in the chest, while smoking a cigarette outside his home at around 10pm.

The jury heard that the bullet taken from Mr Grant’s body was fired from a gun that was found hidden in the backyard of the accused’s grandparents home.

It was the prosecution’s case that when gardai called to Crawford’s home in the hours after the killing, he appeared to have just showered and changed his clothes.

The following day, gardai found an Ithacca hand gun concealed inside a glove hidden under a barrel in the back yard of Mr Crawford’s grandparents home.

One bullet was recovered from the left side of Mr Brosnan-Grant’s chest during a post mortem examination.

This is the second time Crawford has been on trial for the killing. In May last, a trial at the Central Criminal Court in Limerick collapsed after hearing two weeks of evidence.