Limerick man guilty over Newcastle West shooting

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Thomas McCarthy (centre) was found guilty of shooting Gerard Hennessy and Colette Hennessy
A COUNTY Limerick man has been found guilty of shooting another man and his pregnant sister outside a house in Newcastle West last summer.

A COUNTY Limerick man has been found guilty of shooting another man and his pregnant sister outside a house in Newcastle West last summer.

Thomas McCarthy, aged 33, of Sli na Milaoise, Rathkeale had denied shooting Gerard Hennessy, 35, and Colette Hennessy, 40, outside their family home at Castleview Estate, on August 13, last.

During a seven day trial, the jury of eight men and three women heard that both sustained multiple pellet wounds after Mr McCarthy discharged two shots from a sawn-off shotgun at around 3.20pm. He fled the scene in a silver SAAB, which has never been located by gardai.

Ms Hennessy was in the early stages of pregnancy at the time and Mr Hennessy, who suffered a collapsed lung, was airlifted to Cork University Hospital for treatment following the shooting.

During the trial, the jury was shown CCTV footage of the incident and the jurors heard that following his arrest six weeks later, Mr McCarthy claimed he was at a house in Knockaderry at the time of the shooting.

The jury began its deliberations shortly after 10.30 this morning and returned with a unanimous guilty verdict on all three charges just after 3pm.

Mr McCarthy looked to his father and shook his head as the verdict was handed down while Gerard Hennessy reacted by loudly banging on one of the seats in the public gallery.

Michael Collins BL, prosecuting, requested a sentencing date in July stating that victim impact statements may have to be prepared.

After thanking the jurors for their “attendance, punctuality and attention to detail” during the trial, Judge Tom O’Donnell excused them from further jury service for seven years.

Thomas McCarthy was remanded in custody pending a sentencing hearing on July 29, next.