Court hears accused told murder victim Jason Doogue "You're getting whacked tonight"

Jason Doogue
Jason Doogue

A young man described the moment he saw his "best mate" shot dead by a hooded gunman in the garden of his home on the third day of a murder trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Calvin Cullen, who is 18 now and was 17 at the time, said he was in the garden of his home with a group of friends when a man on a bicycle approached at about 5pm.

He told prosecution counsel Kerida Naidoo SC that  the man, who was hooded and wearing a balaclava, pulled a gun from the waistband of his trousers and shot his friend Jason 'Dudley' Doogue three times.

"He was my best mate, he was like a brother to me," he said.

James 'Jimmy' Lammon (44) of Cardington Way, Athy, Co Kildare has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 22-year-old Jason Doogue in the Green Hills area of Athy on August 21 2015.

Mr Cullen also told the court that he had witnessed an altercation between Mr Doogue and the accused earlier that day.

He said he heard Mr Lammon threaten his friend, saying: "You're getting it tonight, you're getting whacked tonight."

The trial continues this afternoon in front of a jury and Mr Justice Paul Butler.