Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Man jailed for life over Blanchardstown murder

A Dublin man has been convicted of murdering a 25-year-old father of two who was shot in the neck at a house in West Dublin in a case of mistaken identity.

The jury returned this afternoon on their third day of deliberations with a majority guilty verdict.

Bryan Ryan (24) from Sheepmoor Crescent in Blanchardstown had denied murdering Ian Tobin at Fortlawn Park in the early hours of the 27th of May 2007.

He has been jailed for life.

The court had heard that Bryan Ryan was driving the motorbike which was carrying the gunman.

the jury heard the other man walked up to the door of Fortlawn Park and shot Ian Tobin through the glass panel in the door but that he was not the intended victim and it was his brother Blake Tobin who was the target.

Bryan Ryan told the states main witness over the phone that he was with another person and they were going to shoot Blake Tobin.

Ryan called him afterwards to tell him the job was done.

It was the state's case that Bryan Ryan was guilty of murder because he took part in a joint enterprise to carry out the shooting.

The jury, which retired to deliberate Wednesday evening and spent two nights in a hotel, convicted him by a majority verdict this afternoon.

Ian Tobin fiancée Sarah told the court that when he died a part of her died too and she keeps asking herself why.

She insisted he was not involved in drugs, crime or antisocial behaviour.

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