Jury in Limerick trial told shots were fired during dispute outside house

David Hurley


David Hurley

David ‘Skull’ McCormack has pleaded not guilty to the charge. The trial continues

David ‘Skull’ McCormack has pleaded not guilty to the charge. The trial continues

THE trial of a man accused of discharging two shots during a row outside a house in Limerick city is likely to conclude this week.

David ‘Skull’ McCormack, aged 33, who has an address in Ballyfermot, Dublin denies unlawful possession of a handgun at Raheen Square, Ballinacurra Weston on September 15, 2015.

The jury of eight men and four women has heard gardai were alerted to the shooting incident shortly before 6pm and that a witness at the scene identified Mr McCormack as the culprit.

While a firearm was not located, two discharged shells were found at the scene by gardai a short time after they arrived.

In her evidence, Samantha O’Callaghan, said after being alerted to a commotion outside her mother’s home she went to get her young daughter.

She said she observed a number of men having a heated arguement in the garden of the adjoining house and described seeing the defendant emerge from the house.

“I saw him with a gun in his hand. He roared and he fired two shots into the air,” she told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting.

Ms O’Callaghan who made a formal statement the following day said there were a number of young children in the area at time and that what happened had “scared the s*** out of the whole goddamn avenue”.

Being vigorously cross-examined by Mark Nicholas SC, Ms O’Callaghan, agreed there were some differences between her direct evidence and the statement she made to gardai the day after the shooting.

However, she insisted Mr McCormack, who was living at O’Malley Park, Southill at the time, was the man who has discharged the shots. ”It was him, I know what I saw,” she said as she pointed to the defendant.

Mr Nicholas put to the witness she had made up the allegations and that another witness – Jonathan “Maggot” Curtin had told gardai he saw another man who had a gun in the waistband of his pants. In his direct evidence, Mr Curtin said he could not recall telling gardai that.

The trial continues.