DNA matching murder accused found on glove near scene, court hears

A DNA profile matching that of a murder accused was found on a glove discovered near the crime scene, his trial has heard.

A forensic scientist was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court in the trial of a 31-year-old Dublin man charged with murdering a fellow Dubliner on April 6, 2007.

Paul Kelly (aged 26) of O’Brien Hall in the inner city died almost instantly when he was shot several times around 11.45 that night.

Michael Taylor of Summerhill has pleaded not guilty to his murder at Winston Ville apartments on Charlemont Road in Clontarf.

Forensic scientist Dr Dorothy Ramsbottom testified today that she had examined a glove found at the junction of Charlemont Road and Cecil Avenue shortly after the murder.

She said that she obtained a mixture of DNA from the inside of the glove, with a major male component and a minor component. This meant there was DNA from two people on the glove, she explained.

She was able to generate a full DNA profile from the major component, she explained, and this matched the defendant’s profile.

She said the chances of an unrelated person having the same profile was less than one in 1,000 million, but that a close blood relative would be more likely to share the profile.

She agreed with Michael O’Higgins SC, defending, that she could not say when the DNA was deposited in the glove or which person had worn the glove more recently.

Earlier in the trial, the court heard that Mr Kelly died of catastrophic injuries to a number of organs due to multiple gunshot wounds.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Barry White and a jury of nine men and three women.

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