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Driver found shot man dying on road in a pool of blood

CourtsBy Louise Roseingrave
Driver found shot man dying on road in a pool of blood

A 40-YEAR-OLD man who was shot in the head was found lying in a pool of blood outside his apartment by a passing motorist.

Jillian Lyttle told Dublin Coroner’s Court that she was driving along Station Road, Portmarnock, late one evening when she saw a car that seemed to have stopped.

“As I slowed I saw a man dressed in a dark jacket with the hood up get in the front passenger door and the car drove off at speed,” she said in her statement.

“My boyfriend said there was someone lying on the path.”

The couple stopped and found the body of Sean Winters (40), of Station Court, Seabrook Manor, Station Road, lying in a pool of blood with an open wound to the head.

A discharged cartridge case and two live rounds of ammunition were found at the scene.

A silver VW Passat car was later found burnt-out. Dublin Coroner’s Court heard that 240 people were interviewed and 10 people arrested in relation to Mr Winters’ death on September 12, 2010.

Witness Philomena Deans and a number of her friends were with Mr Winters in his apartment before he died.

 She said he was a “nice fellow” who was “very good” to her children.

“He was quite depressed and anxious. All his friends were dead and I think he had given up on life,” she said.

The court heard that Mr Winters took a phone call at 10pm and said he was going out for a few minutes to meet someone. Ms Deans said he did not return.

“I thought he was meeting a girl, he’d been seeing someone for a few weeks,” she said. E

Ms Deans said she saw gardai outside Mr Winters’ apartment but was unaware he had been shot.

“After my boyfriend left I stayed at the apartment on my own waiting for Sean,” she said.

The cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head, the pathologist told the court.

Det Insp Gda Ken Keelan said the 10 people who had been arrested were released without charge.

No file was submitted to the DPP and the investigation remains open. The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing by a person or persons unknown.