22-year-old on trial for murder

Not guilty plea entered by Leitrim native

A-22-year old Leitrim man has gone on trial for muder at the Central Criminal Court.

The court was told by a prosecuting barrister that Dublin “assassins” murdered a man living alone in a country lane because he found a €30,000 stash of drugs belonging to a criminal gang.

Leitrim native Matthew Gralton (22), with an address at Mt Prospect in Co Roscommon, and Ross Allen (25), with addresses in Carrickmines, Co Dublin and Clara in Offaly, have pleaded not guilty to the murder.

Patrick Marrinan SC opened the trial of the two men accused of murder for their alleged part in the killing of 47-year-old Christy Daly at Bog Lane, Kilbride, Clara, Co Offaly on a date between December 29, 2013 and January 7, 2014.

Mr Marrinan told the jury of six men and six women that the prosecution's case is that both men admitted to being involved in the killing during interviews with gardai in February 2014.

He said that the jury would hear that neither admitted to being the actual gunman, but that "Ross Allen and Matthew Gralton had a role to play" in the killing.

He said the prosecution would show that Mr Allen hid drugs worth €30,000 on the laneway where Mr Daly lived, but when he returned to pick them up on December 29, 2013 they were missing.

He said this was reported to a Mr X, who owned the drugs, who sent for two "assassins from Dublin", who killed Mr Daly.

Mr Marrinan said that the jury would hear from state pathologist Marie Cassidy that Mr Daly suffered multiple gunshot wounds and blunt force trauma "that would indicate a beating".

He said eight 9mm luger bullets were discovered near where Mr Daly lived.

Two similar bullets were found in a Volvo car that was parked by the quarry where Mr Daly's body was found.

He said Mr Daly was estranged from his wife and was released from prison in 2013. After his release he went to live in a caravan at Bog Lane, an isolated country lane, where he dealt in motor cars.

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