A JURY at the Central Criminal Court has been told that a Limerickman with no criminal history went into a local garage and shot a father-of-two four times in a ‘revenge’ attack, killing him instantly.
John Coughlan, 33, from Pineview Gardens, Moyross, has admitted manslaughter but denies murdering 35 year-old Daniel Treacy at the Topaz garage, Caherdavin on the Ennis Road in February 2010.
It’s alleged that the accused was waiting for Mr Treacy, who had lived in Rhebogue, at around 6am at the garage.
When the father-of-two was getting routine morning coffee, the accused went into the shop, took out a handgun and shot him three times in the head and once in the groin using a Glock pistol.
The jury has been told that this shooting was a revenge attack for the death of the accused’s brother, following a beating in 2005. Lawyers for the State told the court that a brother of Daniel Treacy was jailed in connection with the 2005 killing.
The murder trial, which began this Wednesday, is expected to last two weeks in front of a jury of seven women and five men.
The jury has been told that what is at issue is whether the accused man was suffering from a mental disorder that would have substantially diminished his responsibility. The defence claims he was he was devastated by his brother’s death five years previously and became depressed.
Over 160 witness statements were taken in the case and hours of CCTV footage obtained. The trial continues today.