Frank Greaney
Frank Greaney

17.26 9 Jul 2021


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The jury in the Bray Boxing Club murder trial has heard the man who was killed at an early morning training session there was shot once in the head.

Gerard Cervi, from East Wall in Dublin, denies murdering gymgoer Bobby Messett that morning and he has also pleaded not guilty to two charges of attempted murder.

The former State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy didn’t attend the scene of the shooting, but she was the one who carried out the post mortem on Bobby Messett.

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He was shot dead on June 5th 2018 when a gunman - whom the prosecution claims was Gerard Cervi - entered the gym dressed as a builder and opened fire.

Dr Cassidy said she found a single gunshot wound to his head. She said he died at the scene and she said death would have been “rapid.”

The Central Criminal Court also heard that nine bullet cartridges were found at the scene of the fatal shooting.

On arrival at Bray Boxing Club in the aftermath of the shooting, ballistics expert Detective Janette O’Neill said she noticed blood on the front step and on the staircase leading up to the gym floor.

There were bullet holes in the back wall and in the door of the ladies changing room and Bobby Messett’s body was lying in a pool of blood to the right of the door.

Mr Cervi denies his murder and has also pleaded not guilty to the attempted murders of boxing coach, Pete Taylor, and another gymgoer called Ian Britton.

Main image: File photo of Bray Boxing Club. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

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