Neighbour asked to hide guns

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

The jury in the trial of Southill man, Anthony Kelly, who is accused of firearms offences has been told that a 12 year-old boy asked a neighbour of the accused man to hide a number of guns and ammunition on the morning of the alleged offence.

The jury in the trial of Southill man, Anthony Kelly, who is accused of firearms offences has been told that a 12 year-old boy asked a neighbour of the accused man to hide a number of guns and ammunition on the morning of the alleged offence.

Anthony Kelly, 51, of 121 O’Malley Park has pleaded not guilty to possession of a glock semi-automatic pistol with intent to endanger life at O’Malley Park on October 28, 2009.

It is the prosecution case that Mr Kelly shot 29-year-old Michael Lynch ‘in the vicinity of his home’ following a row that morning.

In his evidence, Tony McDonnell, who lived at 421 O’Malley Park at the time, said he was woken at around 8am by the young boy who was knocking on his back door.

He said the 12-year-old asked him to put away a number of items, which he then gave to him.

Although the items were hidden in socks, the witness said he knew they were handguns because of their shape and weight. Mr McDonnell said another sock contained a number of bullets and he told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting that the young boy also gave him a stun gun which was in a small box.

Mr McDonnell said he placed the items in a shed in his back garden but that when he realised somebody had been shot across the road earlier that morning he contacted his son-in-law, Philip Scanlan, who arrived later that day and took the guns and ammunition to his home in the village of Doon. Under cross-examination, Mr McDonnell told Brendan Nix, SC, that both he and Philip Scanlon subsequently received suspended prison sentences after they were prosecuted the possession of the guns and ammunition.

Earlier the jury of 7 men and five women were told four bullet casing were found in the driveway of Kelly’s home on the morning of the shooting. However, Detective Garda Michael Houlihan said he could not say when the bullets had been fired. The jury also heard evidence that several bullet holes and bullet fragments were found at a number of houses across the road from Anthony Kelly’s home following the shooting.

The trial continues