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Murder accused ‘was hired to shoot victim’, trial hears

A Dublin man on trial for murder was allegedly hired to gun down 31-year-old Aidan Byrne, who was shot 10 times near an estate off the North Circular Road.

Jonathan Douglas, aged 27, of O’Devaney Gardens has pleaded not guilty to the killing at Drumalee Avenue, on February 20, 2010.

Opening the case for the prosecution today, senior counsel Gerard Clarke told the jury it is their case that Mr Douglas was paid to shoot Mr Byrne.

Mr Clarke said that around 8.45pm on Saturday, February 20 Mr Byrne was driven to Drumalee Avenue.

The car stopped by a pedestrian laneway where a man they allege to be Jonathan Douglas stepped up to the car and shot him 10 times.

The prosecution claims the accused had been drinking earlier that evening in Eamonn Rea’s pub on Parkgate Street but left his drink in a hurry to ensure he would d be in place to shoot Mr Byrne.

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