Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Frank Ward pleads guilty to all five charges over Chawke shooting

53 year-old Frank Ward, who went on trial this morning accused of robbing and shooting publican Charlie Chawke, has this afternoon pleaded guilty to all five charges against him.

Ward, from Knockmore Avenue in Tallaght, informed the court that he wanted to change his plea after Gardai gave evidence saying he had fired a shot at their patrol car as they pursued him after the shooting.

Two of the Gardai who were involved in the car chase pointed to Frank Ward and said he was the driver of the red car at the Goat Pub on the morning Mr. Chawke was shot, and he was the one who fired a shot at their car.

Frank Ward, who was defending himself in the trial, had cross examined both, asking them if they would lie under oath to secure a conviction.

Just before 3.30pm, he informed the court that he wanted to change his plea at that stage and pleaded guilty to all five charges against him.

His co-accused, 56-year-old Larry Cummins was convicted last year and jailed for 13 years on the same charges for his part in the joint enterprise.

Charlie Chawke told the court earlier today that Ward aimed the gun and blew his knee away, five days after which, his right leg was amputated from the knee down.

The court heard that Mr. Chawke had now gone on holidays, and the judge adjourned sentencing for two weeks.

When phoned afterwards and told about the outcome, Mr Chawke said he was not surprised.

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