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Two admit killing man in Athy

Two men who were being tried for murder at the Central Criminal Court have admitted killing a man in Co. Kildare last year.

Darren Wynne (21) of Ballyroe, Athy, Quentin Monaghan (21) of Tullamoy, Stradbally, Co. Laois and James Seery (21) of Canal Side, Athy were arraigned before the court two weeks ago.

All three pleaded not guilty to murdering Jamie Lindsay (20) at Coney Green, Coneyboro, Athy on April 6, 2013.

Today (Wednesday, July 2) Mr Monaghan and Mr Seery were rearraigned before the jury of eight men and four women and both men pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter.

Mr Paul Coffey SC for the State told the court the pleas were acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Monaghan and Mr Seery also denied possession of a sawn-off shotgun and cartridges in suspicious circumstances on the same date.

However, they were also rearraigned in relation to those charges and pleaded guilty.

Mr Coffey told the court those pleas were also acceptable to the DPP.

The court has heard that Mr Lindsay was shot in the right eye at almost point blank range at the Coneyboro estate.

It was State’s case that Mr Seery and Mr Monaghan were part of a joint enterprise.

The court has heard Mr Wynne told gardai that Mr Lindsay, who he said was his best friend, was threatening him over €1000 for ‘green’ that had gone missing and also threatened to rape his grandmother.

He said he shot Mr Lindsay in the shoulder but only wanted to kneecap him and did not mean to kill him.

Mr Wynne also pleaded not (NOT) guilty to possession of a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition with intent to endanger life on that occasion.

However, he pleaded guilty to possession of a sawn-off shotgun and cartridges in suspicious circumstances on the same date.

In his opening speech last week, Mr Coffey said the case against Mr Monaghan and Mr Seery was that they gave material assistance to Mr Wynne.

He submitted Mr Monaghan drove Mr Wynne to and from the shooting and he test-fired the gun before later hiding it.

Mr Coffey said Mr Seery assisted by texting Mr Lindsay “to run down the laneway”, luring him into the open.

The trial is now in legal argument and Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan told the jury to return on Friday.

 

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