A 34 year old from East Wall accused of shooting dead a man outside a pigeon club in Blanchardstown while dressed as a woman has been found guilty of murder. Christopher McDonald had denied the charge.
The jury was told on the 12th of June 2015, Keith Walker, from Clondalkin, drove with his six year old son to Blanchardstown to see a man called Jason O’Connor. Denis Vaughan Buckley for the Prosecution said the two men were both interested in racing pigeons and discussed which birds to put forward for upcoming races.
When they had organised the pigeons, Keith Walker put them into carrier baskets and got into Jason O’Connor’s partner’s car and drove to the Blanchardstown Racing Pigeon Club in Clonsilla. It was around six o’clock in the evening - the court heard - and as Mr Walker was chatting to people in the club - a man dressed up as a woman with a long black wig and carrying a handbag approached him.
The man removed an automatic firearm from the handbag and shot Keith Walker multiple times. A post mortem showed 18 bullets had hit him.
The jury returned with its unanimous guilty of murder verdict after deliberating for just over two hours.
In her victim impact statement, Mr. Walker’s wife Lorraine said the hardest thing to do was tell their two boys their father was gone. Keith was 35 at the time and they’d been together for 17 years. She said they were childhood sweethearts and described him as her soulmate and best friend.
She said she’ll never know how someone could take a man’s life in such a way. Mr. Justice Patrick McCarthy then handed down the mandatory life sentence.