Man on trial over Limerick shooting

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The scene of the shooting at Byrne Avenue, Prospect in December 2013
THE JURY in the trial of a man accused of shooting a cousin of former Irish international Steve Finnan is expected to hear technical and forensic evidence later this week.

THE JURY in the trial of a man accused of shooting a cousin of former Irish international Steve Finnan is expected to hear technical and forensic evidence later this week.

Ian Horgan, aged 31, of 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 at Limerick Circuit Court has heard that Sean Finnan, who was aged 26 at the time, sustained “multiple pellet wounds” to his chest, abdomen and wrist when he was shot while smoking at the front door of his home at around 9.30pm.

In her evidence, Mr Finnan’s then partner described how a number of pellets narrowly missed the couples’ four-week old baby.

Leanne 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

Cross examined by Brian McInerney BL, Ms Casey - who identified the defendant as the gunman - 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.

It was also put to her that her brother Liam ’Lika’ Casey previously received a prison sentence after he was convicted of charges relating to an incident involving a sawn-off shotgun.

Ms Casey told the court she wasn’t in court to represent her former partner or her brother but to defend her children and said she had no doubt as to the identity of the man who shot at her home, whom she identified as Ian Horgan.

The trial resumes tomorrow morning before Judge Tom O’Donnell and the jury of six men and six women.