Man shot over €200 heroin debt

By Synesthetic · Dec 6, 2009 ·
  1. Synesthetic
    A 20-year-old man has been found guilty of attempting to murder another drug addict who owed him €200 for heroin.


    Michael Brennan, of Cromcastle Drive in Kilmore in Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to shooting James Egan on 29 April 2006.


    Mr Egan was shot twice after opening the door of his flat in Cromcastle Court.


    Mr Brennan was also convicted of possession of a sawn-off shotgun and of shotgun cartridges with intent to endanger life.


    Mr Justice Paul Carney was told by the forewoman of the jury after they had completed their deliberations that three jurors had felt intimidated by some members of the public during the trial.


    However, they refused to identify those involved and the judge said there was therefore nothing he could do about it.


    One man stood up in the court and said it was probably him because he saw them on the train, but that was all.


    Mr Justice Carney also said another person had been arrested during the course of the trial for witness intimidation.


    He remanded Brennan in custody for sentencing next March.

    Friday, 4 December 2009
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