Life sentence for man who dressed as woman in pigeon club murder

Christopher McDonald shot Keith Walker 18 times in 2015

Life sentence for man who dressed as woman in pigeon club murder

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A man has been found guilty of murdering a 35-year-old man outside a pigeon club in Dublin.

Christopher McDonald, from East Wall in Dublin, was disguised as a woman when he shot Keith Walker 18 times in June 2015.

Shortly after Mr Walker arrived at the Blanchardstown Pigeon Club on the evening of June 12th 2015, a man dressed as a woman approached him in the car park with a black sub-machine gun.

The court heard he pulled it from a handbag and opened fire - hitting him 18 times in the head and body.

McDonald was found guilty after a jury deliberated for just over two hours.

In her victim impact statement, Mr Walker's wife Lorraine said the hardest thing to do was tell their two boys their father was gone.

Keith was 35 at the time and they had been together for 17 years.

She said they were childhood sweethearts and described him as her soulmate and best friend.

She said she will never know how someone could take a man's life in such a way.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy then handed down the mandatory life sentence.