Verdict due in Limerick shooting trial

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Ian Horgan has pleaded not Ian Horgan was found not guilty by a jury following a five-day trial at Limerick Circuit Court
THE JURY in the trial of a man accused of shooting a cousin of former Irish international Steve Finnan is expected to begin its deliberations this Thursday.

THE JURY in the trial of a man accused of shooting a cousin of former Irish international Steve Finnan is expected to begin its deliberations this Thursday.

Ian Horgan, aged 31, who is originally from Cork but who has an address at Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, has pleaded not guilty to possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life at Byrne Avenue, Prospect on December 12, 2013.

The jury of six men and six women has heard that Mr Finnan, who was aged 26 at the time, sustained “multiple pellet wounds” to his chest, abdomen and wrist when he was shot while smoking outside the front door of his home at around 9.30pm.

This Wednesday, Limerick Circuit Court heard the defendant, who was arrested at a house at Lenihan Avenue shortly after midnight, repeatedly denied any involvement in the shooting when questioned by gardai.

During a number of interviews, Mr Horgan told detectives he was at home all night drinking and that gardai had “ruined it” when they arrived to arrest him.

Earlier the jury heard from Leanne Casey - the former partner of Sean Finnan - who identified Ian Horgan as the gunman.

In her evidence, she described how a number of pellets narrowly missed the couples’ four-week old baby.

Ms Casey said following the shooting she removed three pellets from the car seat in which her daughter Ellie-Ann, was sitting at the time.

She also described how her two year old son was screaming in his bedroom upstairs after two shots were fired at her house

Being cross examined by Brian McInerney BL, Ms Casey admitted Mr Finnan had previous convictions for drug dealing but insisted she wasn’t aware of any enemies he had at the time.

The witness accepted she had previous convictions for assault causing harm and for obstructing gardai while they were carrying out a drugs search.

During the trial, the jury was told that firearms’ residue collected from the hands, face and clothing of the defendant following his arrest on the night of the shooting was similar to residue found on a tee shirt belonging to Mr Finnan.

In his evidence, Forensic Scientist, Doctor Tom Hannigan said there was strong support for the contention that Ian Horgan was the person that shot at Sean Finnan rather than anyone else.

However, he agreed with Mr McInerney that the particles found on Mr Horgan were not an exact match for those found on Mr Finnan

Dr Hannigan also accepted the proposition that firearms’ residue can be transferred when somebody is cleaning a firearm.

Closing speeches began this Wednesday afternoon and the jurors are expected to retire to begin their deliberations this Thursday after they are address by Judge Tom O’Donnell.