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Man dressed as woman took sub-machine gun from handbag and shot man 18 times, court hears

Keith Walker
Keith Walker

A man dressed as a woman took a sub-machine gun from his handbag and shot a man 18 times in the car park of a pigeon racing club, a barrister told a murder trial jury today.

Denis Vaughan Buckley SC opened the trial of Christopher McDonald (34), telling the jury that they will see CCTV footage of the fatal shooting.

Mr McDonald, with an address in the East Wall area of Dublin, is charged with the murder of 36-year-old Keith Walker at Blanchardstown Pigeon Racing Club on Shelerin Road in Clonsilla on June 12, 2015.

He has pleaded not guilty and is on trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Mr Buckley said that on the afternoon of Friday June 12 Mr Walker left his home in Clondalkin with his six-year-old son and travelled to Whitestown, Blanchardstown to meet up with Jason O'Connor, a fellow pigeon racing enthusiast.

He arrived at 5pm, had a cup of tea with Mr O'Connor and discussed races that were due to take place that weekend.

Having put pigeons into carrier baskets, they loaded them into a car belonging to Mr O'Connor's partner.

Mr Walker then drove the car to the racing club on Shelerin Road in Clonsilla.

Mr Vaughan Buckley said CCTV will show Mr Walker talking to other members of the club at about 6pm when a male dressed as a woman, wearing a long black-haired wig, black leggings, dark sunglasses and carrying a handbag entered the car park.

He approached Mr Walker, removed a firearm from his handbag and discharged multiple times, leaving Mr Walker fatally wounded.

Mr Vaughan Buckley said subsequent CCTV footage from a Lidl in Blanchardstown would show a person without a wig but otherwise dressed the same as the shooter.

The jury also heard that a post mortem by Professor Marie Cassidy will show that the deceased suffered 18 gunshot wounds. He suffered bullet wounds to his head, body and left leg.

Gardai later found a sub-machine gun that a forensic analyst will say is likely to have been the one used to kill Mr Walker.

Mr Buckley added that In the early hours of June 13, a senior investigating officer went to a premises in Ratoath, Co Meath with a search warrant. When he arrived he saw the accused who was wearing makeup and had a cut over his eye.

Mr Vaughan Buckley said the garda will say that when arrested and cautioned Mr McDonald responded: "Go fuck yourself."

The trial continues this afternoon in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of six men and six women.