Barry Doyle guilty of Shane Geoghegan murder

Thursday 16 February 2012 15.06
Barry Doyle was sentenced to life in prison
Barry Doyle was sentenced to life in prison

A Dublin man has been found guilty murdering rugby player Shane Geoghegan in Limerick more than three years ago.

Barry Doyle, 26, of Portland Row in Dublin, was sentenced to life in prison.

The court heard he admitted shooting Mr Geoghegan in a case of mistaken identity.

The jury of eight men and three women took almost six hours to reach a unanimous guilty verdict.

Barry Doyle smirked as the verdict was announced.

Senior Prosecuting Counsel, Tom O'Connell, said the Geoghegan family did not want to make a victim impact statement as they felt the crime spoke for itself.

Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan imposed the mandatory life sentence.

Afterwards, Chief Superintendent John Scanlon said it was "a good result for the decent people of Limerick", and stressed there was still an ongoing criminal investigation into the murder.

Mr Geoghegan's mother and his girlfriend, Jenna Barry, were brought out of the courts complex through a back entrance, as they have been on each day of the trial.

During the trial, the court was told that Shane Geoghegan was walking home from a friend's house in the early hours of 9 November 2008 when he was shot by Barry Doyle.

He pleaded with Doyle to stop and ran into the back garden of a neighbour's house but Doyle followed him and shot him in the head.

The intended target of the shooting, John McNamara, lived four doors down from Mr Geoghegan in the same estate.