Evidence concludes in Barry Doyle murder trial

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EVIDENCE has concluded at the Central Criminal Court in the trial of a man accused of murdering Shane Geoghegan more than two years ago.

EVIDENCE has concluded at the Central Criminal Court in the trial of a man accused of murdering Shane Geoghegan more than two years ago.

Barry Doyle, 25, who has addresses at Portland Row, Dublin 1, and Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of the rugby player at Clonmore, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, on November 9, 2008.

During the final day of evidence, a garda sergeant rejected suggestions from lawyers representing Mr Doyle, that the defendant had been offered “an inducement” by gardai.

It was claimed that an agreement had been reached whereby Mr Doyle would admit shooting Shane Geoghegan if his girlfriend, who was also arrested, was released.

Det Sgt Mark Phillips said he informed Mr Doyle’s solicitor that such a deal would be considered an inducement and it would not hold up in court.

“He was told that in no uncertain terms would that happen. It was made very, very clear,” Det Sergeant Phillips told the court. He said when the deal was brought to the table it was rejected immediately.

Closing speeches will take place this Friday following which the jury will begin its deliberations.