Five plead guilty over daytime shooting in Limerick city estate

David Hurley


David Hurley

Limerick Circuit Court was told Emmett Kiely ‘orchestrated’ the shooting incident

Limerick Circuit Court was told Emmett Kiely ‘orchestrated’ the shooting incident

FIVE men will be sentenced next month for their role in shooting incident in a housing estate in Limerick during which another man sustained multiple pellet wounds to his arms and body.

The defendants – Emmett Kiely aged 27, of Maple Court, Kennedy Park; Ray Dore, aged 22, of Dromroe, Rhebogue; Keith Lillis, aged 25, of Galvone Road, Kennedy Park; Stephen Grace, aged 26, of no fixed abode and William Woodland, aged 25, of Shanabooly Road, Ballynanty – have pleaded guilty to a variety of charges relating to an incident on July 11, 2017.

Kiely, Woodland and Dore have admitted having suspicious possession of a 410 gauge “Spanish made double-barrelled breech loading sawn-off shotgun” at Maple Court Kennedy Park.

Keith Lillis is charged, under the provisions of the Criminal Law Act, with the unlawful possession of the same firearm and with impeding the garda investigation by disposing of the firearm.

The fifth defendant – Stephen Grace – has admitted setting fire to a gold Suzuki Vitara belonging to the victim shortly after the shooting as well as three charges of acting with the intention of “impeding the apprehension or prosecution” of a suspected offender by moving a vehicle, disposing of keys and a petrol can.

During separate sentencing hearings, Detective Garda Barry Moylan said gardai were alerted to the shooting a short time after the 23-year-old victim presented at University Hospital Limerick having been driven there by a friend.

He said gardai later established that Mr Casey had arrived at the home of Emmett Kiely at around 2pm in the company of two younger relatives.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told there was a dispute between Mr Casey and Mr Kiely at the time and that shortly after words were exchanged between the pair, three men (Kiely, Woodland and Dore) emerged from a rear gate.

Kiely shouted “give it to him” at which point Dore discharged a shot directly at Terry Casey who later told gardai that he didn’t realise he had been shot.

Having arrived in the area, gardai encountered Keith Lillis who was carrying the shotgun while they were also alerted to Mr Casey’s Suzuki Vitara which had been moved and set alight.

Detective Garda Moylan told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, it is the State case that Kiely had “orchestrated the shooting” and that the other defendants were “out of their depth”.

Having heard submissions from lawyers representing each of the defendants, Judge O’Donnell indicated he will finalise the matter next month.