Supreme Court rejects appeal of man convicted of Shane Geoghegan's murder

Barry Doyle claimed a confession he made was inadmissible

Supreme Court rejects appeal of man convicted of Shane Geoghegan's murder

A prison van leaves the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin | image: RollingNews.ie

The Supreme Court has ruled against a man who tried to overturn a failed appeal over his conviction for the 2008 murder of Shane Geoghegan.

Barry Doyle, of Portland Row in Dublin, claimed a confession he made to gardaí was inadmissible because he felt he was forced to make it.

On February 15th 2012 following a 22 day trial, Doyle was convicted of the murder of Mr Geoghegan in Dooradoyle, Limerick at around 1.00am on November 9th 2008.

He was not the intended target but fitted the description of the man Doyle was after.

He was shot in what emerged to be a case of mistaken identity.

A key part in the prosecution's case was a detailed confession made by Doyle during his 15th garda interview.

He argued the confession was inadmissible because it came about as a result of an inducement.

His ex girlfriend had also been arrested and he claimed she was used to unfairly induce him to confess when he would have otherwise stayed silent.

His original appeal was dismissed in 2015, so he appealed that decision to the Supreme Court - which has now rejected his arguments in a majority decision.