Jury in Jason Doogue murder trial shown gun found near scene with three rounds missing

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A jury at a murder trial was shown photographs of a semi-automatic pistol with a silencer in a wooded area near to where a 22-year-old man was shot dead by a hooded gunman.

Detective Garda Caroline Hughes of the Garda Technical Bureau photographed the weapon and a striped bag at an area known as Shaw's Wood in Athy, Co Kildare.

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

Detective Garda Hughes told prosecution counsel Kerida Naidoo SC that she went to Shaw's Wood on August 26 and that her only involvement in the case was to take photographs.

While there she photographed the striped bag and a Makarov 9 by 18mm calibre semi-automatic pistol, a silencer, and an ammunition magazine with three rounds removed.

Justice Paul Butler told the Central Criminal Court jury that there were legal issues to be resolved in their absence and sent them home. The 12 will return tomorrow at 11.

The court has previously heard from Mr Naidoo that Mr Doogue was shot three times by a masked and hooded gunman on a bicycle.

In his opening to the jury he said Mr Doogue was sitting on a wall with a group of friends outside a house in Greenhills at about 5pm when a person wearing a balaclava and a hooded garment approached on a bike.

He said the person then took a gun from the waistband of his trousers and shot Mr Doogue twice in quick succession. He said it appeared the gun had a silencer attached.

The 22-year-old tried to escape by moving towards the house, he said, but the gunman came closer and shot him once more in the back.

The gunman then left the scene on the same bike on which he had arrived.

By Eoin Reynolds