The partner of a man shot dead outside her home in Dublin has told those responsible that they have caused her nothing but a lifetime of heartache.
Paul O’Beirne of Colepark Drive, Ballyfermot and Jeffrey Morrow of Burnell Court, Coolock are awaiting sentence for assisting in the murder of Vincent Ryan.
Mr Ryan was shot three times, including once in the head, as he sat in his car outside his girlfriend Kelly Smyth’s family home in Finglas.
It happened in broad daylight on Feb 29th 2016 just seconds after she brought their baby daughter inside.
Ms Smyth gave a victim impact statement at Paul O’Beirne and Jeffrey Morrow’s sentence hearing today.
Both went on trial for murder – but their pleas to assisting a criminal gang carry out the murder by providing a car and destroying it afterwards were accepted by the DPP.
Kelly Smyth described Mr Ryan as kind, caring and selfless. She said she had lost her best friend and their daughter was deprived of a proud Daddy.
O’Beirne and Morrow were arrested following a Garda investigation which the judge described as “exemplary.”
Providing the car that was used in the drive-by shooting was a vital component of this planned hit, according to Garda Detective Sergeant Colm Murphy.
O’Beirne and Morrow will be sentenced next week.
Reporting from Frank Greaney