Man in CCCTV footage is the accused, Garda tells court

The Central Criminal Court jury in the trial of four men accused of the fatal shooting of a Limerick bouncer have been shown footage showing a man identified as one of the accused on the night of the shooting.

Gary Campion (aged 24) of Pineview Gardens, Moyross, Limerick, John (aged 27) and Desmond (aged 23) Dundon both from Ballinacurra Weston, Co. Limerick and Clare business man Anthony Kelly (aged 50) with an address at Killrush all plead not guilty to murdering 34-year-old Brian Fitzgerald, on November 29, 2002 at Brookhaven Walk, Mill Road, Corbally, Limerick.

Garda Darragh O'Sullivan told Mr Sean Gillane BL, prosecuting, that a man shown walking near an address in Pineview Gardens was accused man, Gary Campion.

He said he could identify Campion on three separate pieces of CCTV footage taken from cameras overlooking the address in the Pineview Gardens estate.

This footage showed a man walking at around 8.30pm, a man getting out of a taxi at around 1am on November 29, 2002 and two men pushing a motorbike while a third tried to start it before driving off at almost 1.20am.

Gda O'Sullivan said he could positively identify Campion in the first two pieces of footage and the figure driving the motorbike in the third excerpt was wearing similar clothes. He could not make an identification of the figure who got out of a cab at 4.22am.

He disagreed with Mr Conor Devally SC, defending Gary Campion, that he had made his identification based on supposition and said that he had sufficient knowledge of Campion to identify him from the footage shown.

However he did acknowledge that he would have been working from a limited list of possibilities given the location of the footage.

Previously the jury heard from two taxi drivers who described bringing a young man dressed in dark clothes to Pineview Gardens at around 1am and some time after 4am.

The driver of the later taxi described a conversation with his passenger during which the man expressed a wish to visit a sick relative, probably his grandfather, who was in hospital.

The jury also heard from Ms Josephine Hennessy who had been deputy chief executive of St John's Hospital in Limerick.

She confirmed to Mr Denis Vaughan Buckley SC, prosecuting, that a Mr Martin Casey had been a patient in the hospital from November 19 2002 until his death on December 13.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Peter Charleton in legal argument tomorrow and will continue before the jury of 12 men on Tuesday at the Central Criminal Court sitting at Cloverhill.

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