Jury told baby escaped injury in Limerick shooting

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Limerick Circuit Court
A JURY has heard how a father of five ducked for cover when a gunman opened fire at his home on the outskirts of the city narrowly missing himself, his partner and their nine-month old baby.

A JURY has heard how a father of five ducked for cover when a gunman opened fire at his home on the outskirts of the city narrowly missing himself, his partner and their nine-month old baby.

Mark Troy, 40, was giving evidence at Limerick Circuit Court, this Wednesday, in the trial of the alleged gunman.

Anthony O’Donovan, aged 27, with an address at Aherlow Close, Old Cratloe Road has pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life at Clonard, Westbury in the early hours of September 28, 2013.

In his evidence, Mr Troy said he and his partner and their baby were asleep when he was woken at around 4am by a loud bang.

He said he initially thought his laptop may have exploded before he heard another bang outside.

He told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that when he looked out the window of the upstairs bedroom, he saw a man in the garden pointing a handgun and shooting in his direction.

“He mumbled something, he pointed and shot and I ducked,” he told the court.

Earlier, the jury was told by Detective Garda Ger Fitzgerald that a number of bullets were fired at the house and that one was found embedded in a wardrobe in the bedroom where Mr Troy and his partner were sleeping.

A number of other young children and a teenage boy were in the house on the night of the shooting but the jury has been told none of the occupants were injured.

When asked by Mr O’Sullivan if he knew the gunman, Mr Troy said he believed on the night that it was the defendant but that he was now “second guessing” himself.

This, he said, was because he was approached by a “neutral party” a number of months ago who told him he may have been mistaken.

“At the time, I believed it was Anthony O’Donovan but a mutual party said I made a mistake,” he said adding that he would not identify who had approached him out of fear of retaliation.

Mr Troy told the court that he saw the face of the gunman for “two seconds” and that the first person who came to mind was the defendant, who he has known for years. He said the gunman was around 20 feet away when he saw him and that he bore a resemblance to Mr O’Donovan.

“I don’t want to make a mistake, I’m second guessing myself now,” he told the jury.

When asked if knew why his house had been shot at, the witness said he had “a bit if a problem” with a man in Moyross around a year earlier. “I was getting abuse and hassle from somebody in Moyross because I stood up to him,” he said.

The trial continues.