Murder accused asked gardai to give rosary beads to victim Shane’s mother

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THE man standing trial for the murder of Shane Geoghegan asked gardai to give rosary beads to the rugby player’s mother following an interview while he was in garda custody being questioned in relation to the killing.

THE man standing trial for the murder of Shane Geoghegan asked gardai to give rosary beads to the rugby player’s mother following an interview while he was in garda custody being questioned in relation to the killing.

The jury at the murder trial today heard that following an interview at Bruff Garda Station where he admitted for the first time that he shot Mr Geoghegan, Barry Doyle removed a set of rosary beads from around his neck and placed them on the table saying, “Will you give them to Shane Geoghegan’s ma?”

Detective Garda Mark Phillips showed the white, plastic rosary beads to the court as he gave evidence this morning.

Before the trial began, the 25-year-old, who has addresses at Portland Row, Dublin 1, and Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Geoghegan at Clonmore, Kilteragh on November 9, 2008.

During a separate interview at 10.27am on Friday, February 27, 2009, Mr Doyle told gardai that he wasn’t particularly religious. “Do you believe in God?” “I do and I don’t,” he replied.

He was asked if he believed the other people that were in the stolen Renault Espace, used as a getaway car, were talking about the murder to gardai. “I can only speak for myself.” he said.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.