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'Please help, a bad man has shot my boyfriend'... murder trial hears 999 distress call from Derry shooting

By Ashleigh McDonald

A murder trial has heard the distressing 999 call made by a woman as she begged for help after her boyfriend was shot dead in bed by a "bad man".

The call was made by Elizabeth Timoney, who was the girlfriend of 35-year-old Barry McCrory when he was shot four times in his Londonderry flat on October 10, 2013.

Ms Timoney made the 999 call just moments after the gunman who shot Mr McCrory left the flat in the Shipquay Street area of the city.

In the call, Ms Timoney can be heard saying "please help me", telling the operator a "bad man" had come into her flat.

She then told the operator that the gunman went into the bedroom before saying "I think he might have shot my boyfriend."

Ms Timoney also told the operator she was ordered by the man not to move, that she heard shots and that she thought he had left the flat.

Mr McCrory was shot four times as he lay in bed. He sustained shotgun wounds to his chest and lower back and was shot twice in the back of the head. The court has already heard that before the shots were fired, Ms Timoney heard the gunman shout "scumbag" and "drug dealer".

Standing trial accused of Mr McCrory's murder is 60-year old Kieran Edward Joseph McLaughlin, from Elaghmore Park in Derry. McLaughlin denies the murder charge and further denies possessing a sawn-off, 12-bore double-barrelled shotgun, shotgun cartridges, a Mauser self-pistol and ammunition with intent to endanger life and possessing an imitation Walther pistol between October 9 and October 17, 2013.

However, he pleaded guilty last week to possessing the shotgun, pistol and ammunition in suspicious circumstances on the same dates.

Giving evidence during day three of the trial was Deputy State Pathologist Dr Alistair Bentley, who told the court that Mr McCrory's death would have been "rapid."

Dr Bentley said the first wound sustained by Mr McCrory was the chest wound, followed in succession by the shots to the lower back and head. Saying it wasn't possible to determine which of the last three shots were fired first, Dr Bentley said the two shots to Mr McCrory's head caused "extensive fracturing" to the skull and "very severe damage".

He also estimated that the shots were fired from a range of between one and two metres.

Dr Bentley revealed that when samples of Mr McCrory's urine and blood were examined, they revealed "there was a presence of the commonly abused drug cannabis".

He went on to say that due to the fact that cannabis can be present for a number of days after it is taken, the presence of the drug didn't necessarily indicate Mr McCrory was "under the influence of cannabis at the time of his death". At hearing.

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