Court told Limerick murder victim was shot in the head

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A JURY has been told that a young Limerick man died after he was shot in the head and leg while visiting relatives of his who live on the outskirts of the city,

A JURY has been told that a young Limerick man died after he was shot in the head and leg while visiting relatives of his who live on the outskirts of the city,

Kenneth Collopy, 20, of Killonan, Ballysimon, was arrested at his family home an hour and 20 minutes after the killing which happened at Cloughnadromin, Ballysimon, on December 8, 2009.

Mr Collopy has pleaded not guilty to murdering 25-year-old carpenter Daniel Fitzgerald.

Opening the case at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin, Mary Ellen Ring SC, prosecuting, told the jury that gardai conducted extensive searches of the land surrounding the Collopy home following the shooting.

During the searches they uncovered remnants of burning clothes at the back of the house. They also found a green Toyota Corolla with a 95 LK Reg.

Gardai recovered the keys to the car and a Glock handgun was also found on the property.

The court heard that the front passenger seat of the Toyota was reclined and there were a number of spent cartridges visible in the car.

Ms Ring told the jury that Daniel Fitzgerald was visiting his uncle and aunt on the night he was killed.

The family were living in two caravans and a mobile home to the rear of a house that they were renovating at the time.

Mr Fitzgerald and his relatives spent the evening having dinner and watching television, and as the 25-year-old stood up to leave at around 9.30pm, he told his uncle that a car had entered the property and appeared to be turning.

Mr Fitzgerald stepped outside and a short time later his family heard a bang and a number of bangs as the glass windows of the caravan shattered around them.

When they emerged from the caravan, they found Daniel Fitzgerald slumped on the ground. He died from his injuries in hospital a short time later.

The trial, which is being heard at the Courts of Criminal Justice, is expected to last two weeks.