Jury told man accused of murdering Shane Geoghegan made admissions

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THE man accused of murdering Shane Geoghegan admitted in garda interviews that he shot the rugby player in Kilteragh before fleeing in a stolen getaway car, the jury was told as the murder trial resumed in Dublin this afternoon.

THE man accused of murdering Shane Geoghegan admitted in garda interviews that he shot the rugby player in Kilteragh before fleeing in a stolen getaway car, the jury was told as the murder trial resumed in Dublin this afternoon.

The transcripts of the interviews recorded at Bruff Garda Station following Barry Doyle’s arrest in February 2009 were read to the jury this afternoon.

During an interview conducted at 7.42pm on February 26, the 25-year-old admitted that he was in Clonmore, Kilteragh on the night the Limerick man was murdered.

“Were you involved in the murder of Shane Geoghegan,” Detective Garda Mark Phillips from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation asked the accused man. “Yes, I shot him,” he replied.

“Is that the truth Barry?” the detective asked “Yeah,” he answered.

The jury heard that Mr Doyle told gardai that upon seeing someone walk into the estate, he got out of the stolen Renault Espace and shot at the man who ran to the back of a house in Clonmore.

“Did Shane Geoghegan say anything to you?” Det Garda Phillips asked Mr Doyle. “’Please stop’”.

When Mr Doyle was asked how many shots were fired, he told the gardai that he was not going “to admit to a murder that I didn’t do”.

The accused man, who has addresses at Portland Row, Dublin 1, and Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, denies the murder of Shane Geoghegan at Clonmore, Kilteragh, on November 9, 2008.

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