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Listen: Man Goes On Trial, Charged With Murder Of David "Daithi" Douglas.

: 01/03/2021 - 15:20

A man accused of being the gunman in what was described as a "carefully planned assassination" in Dublin has gone on trial accused of murder.

31-year-old Lee Canavan, of no fixed abode, denies killing David ‘Daithi’ Douglas at a shoe shop on Bridgefoot Street in July 2016.

Our Courts Correspondent Frank Greaney reports:

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At around 4pm on July 1st 2016, David ‘Daithi’ Douglas was leaning up against a counter in his girlfriend’s shoe shop when a gunman walked in.
He shot him six times. Mr Douglas’ daughter, who was also working there, rushed to his aid, but he didn’t survive.
The prosecuting barrister, Sean Gillane, said the gunman then jumped into the so-called “murder car,” which was waiting for him on a nearby street.
It is the prosecution’s case that this car was set on fire a short distance away before he and the driver got into the ultimate getaway car.
Lee Canavan went on trial today accused of being the one who pulled the trigger. He denies the murder charge.
Mr Gillane said it is the State’s case that he is “forensically connected” to a number of cars believed to be used in what he described as the “carefully planned assassination” of another human being. Extensive CCTV evidence will also be called during what’s expected to be a four-week trial.


File image: Criminal Courts of Justice/RollingNews

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