No motive for shooting of 'best friend', court hears
on 17/01/2013 18:42:37
Peter Donnelly (aged 52) of The Green, Larch Hill Apartments, Santry, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Edward Flanagan (aged 49) at the same address on June 16, 2011.
He has also pleaded not guilty to possession of a Baikal 9mm automatic pistol and three rounds of .38 calibre ammunition at the same address on June 15, 2011.
Today, the court heard no motive emerged during the course of the murder investigation.
Detective Garda Shay Woods told Mr Patrick Marinan SC defending that there was "no explanation" for the shooting which Mr Donnelly had admitted he had carried out.
Det Gda Woods said the day after the incident the accused handed himself into Coolock Garda Station, was later arrested and told gardaí in an interview that he stood behind the gun and pulled the trigger.
Mr Donnelly told gardaí during the course of the interview that he should have put the gun to his own head instead.
In an earlier interview the court heard that Mr Donnelly got the gun from Mr Flanagan who had produced it, was waving it around and that it went off and shot him.
When asked if he thought the firearm was imitation Mr Donnelly said that he knew the gun was real.
When gardaí asked him in a later interview why he pointed the gun to his friend's head the accused replied "no comment".
Gardaí asked him again why he pointed a gun to the back of his head after being friends with him for 16 years and he said "I don't have an answer"…"I wasn't fighting with him."
Mr Donnelly and Mr Flanagan who were both separated, were keen cyclists and would go on birdwatching trips together.
The accused told gardaí he and Mr Flanagan, along with two other men he had been drinking with that day, went back to his apartment to continue drinking and watched violent films.
The trial has already heard the deceased had no top on and was holding a can of Dutch Gold lager when he was found.
Gardaí, who were alerted by neighbours, forced entry to the apartment and emergency services at the scene tried to revive Mr Flanagan but he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight.
The trial continues before a jury of seven men and three women presided over by Mr Justice Paul Carney.