Limerick murder accused admits he can be seen on CCTV

The scene of Daniel Treacy's murder in 2010
A 33-year-old MOYROSS man charged in connection with the murder of delivery man Daniel Treacy, has admitted he can be seen discharging four gunshots on CCTV footage of the killing.

A 33-year-old MOYROSS man charged in connection with the murder of delivery man Daniel Treacy, has admitted he can be seen discharging four gunshots on CCTV footage of the killing.

John Coughlan, of Pineview Gardens, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Daniel Treacy, 35, at the Topaz garage in Caherdavin in February 2010.

His trial at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin heard the bread delivery man was shot while in the petrol station shop and died from multiple gunshot wounds.

On the third day of the trial on Friday, Una Ni Raifeartaigh, prosecuting, read out a number of facts admitted on behalf of the accused.

Mr Coughlan admitted he was identified from CCTV from the Topaz garage that morning, and that he could be seen discharging four shots. The jury viewed CCTV of the shooting earlier this week but the deceased was not visible in any of the footage.

Garda Neil O’Gorman identified a number of exhibits recovered in Kerry the day after the killing, including a pair of white size nine Nike runners that Ballybunion gardaí had recovered from Lady’s Beach.

Garda O’Gorman said blood found on these runners proved a positive match for Mr Coughlan’s DNA.

In her opening speech on Wednesday, Ms Ni Raifeartaigh told the court that Mr Coughlan’s brother, Darren, was killed in 2005 when he was beaten by a number of people.

She said Mr Treacy’s brother was among those convicted of the killing and it was the prosecution’s case that this shooting was carried out as revenge.

She said the defence would say Mr Coughlan was ill and had diminished responsibility, and that the case would be about his mental state at the time.