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Gun found near murder accused matches bullets found in deceased

Jason Doogue
Jason Doogue

A pistol found buried in a woods 750 metres from a murder accused's home was matched to the bullets that killed the deceased, a trial at the Central Criminal Court heard today.

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.

The court has previously heard that Mr Doogue died after being shot three times by a masked and hooded gunman on a bicycle.

Detective Garda Shane Curran, a ballistics expert with the Garda Technical Bureau, told the court that he examined a Makarov 9mm pistol that gardai searching for evidence around Mr Lammon's home found buried in nearby Shaw's Wood.

Det Gda Curran fired the pistol and compared the bullets with two that had been taken from Mr Doogue's body. He said he was "satisfied" that the bullets in Mr Doogue's body had been fired by that same pistol.

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