Court hears man died after being shot in the head and body with a shotgun

Sean Ducque has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Kieran Farrelly

A Dublin murder trial has heard a man died after being shot in the head and body with a shotgun.

Sean Ducque of no fixed abode admits firing the shots that killed Kieran Farrelly in October 2014 but has pleaded not guilty to his murder.

Gardaí responding to reports of shots being fired in Dublin’s north inner city on the night of October 26th 2014 found Kieran Farrelly’s body slumped up against some railings in a garden at the back of the Killarney Court apartment complex.

The State Pathologist Dr. Marie Cassidy told the court today he died from shotgun injuries to the head and body.

She said it was most likely he was shot in the trunk from a distance before being shot at close range after he collapsed.

She said his death would have been rapid and either shot could have proved fatal.

The court heard a sawn off shotgun was found in a paper bag inside a green wheelie bin near where Mr. Ducque was later arrested.

This morning, his barrister said his client admitted firing the shots that killed Mr. Farrelly but intent to kill or cause serious harm will have to be proven if he’s to be found guilty of murder.