Ballistics Bullet removed from Player’s Lounge gun attack victim linked to gun found in burnt out car
Wilson is pleading not guilty to the attempted murder of Brian Masterson, Wayne Barrett and Austin Purcell in 2010
Alan Wilson has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murders of Brian Masterson, Wayne Barrett and Austin Purcell at The Players Lounge Public House, Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin 3 on July 26, 2010.
By Paul Neilan
November 05 2021 06:25 PM
A bullet removed from the buttocks of a man shot at the Player’s Lounge gun-attack in 2010 is linked to a weapon discovered in the back of a burning car found minutes later, the Special Criminal Court has heard.
The non-jury court is hearing the case of Alan Wilson, who denies three attempted murders, firearms and ammunition charges at the pub in 2010.
Mr Wilson (42) with a last address at New Street Gardens, Dublin 8, has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murders of Brian Masterson, Wayne Barrett and Austin Purcell at The Player’s Lounge Public House, Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin 3 on July 26, 2010.
Mr Wilson is also pleading not guilty to the possession of firearms and ammunition, namely a .38 Special Calibre Smith & Wesson revolver and .38 special calibre ammunition and a .32 Auto Calibre Zastava semi-automatic pistol and .32 auto calibre ammunition with intent to endanger life at the same location and on the same date.
Today, the court heard from Detective Garda Ursula Cummins, a ballistics expert, who investigated the scene and carried out tests on two weapons recovered from a burning Volkswagen Golf found ablaze at Stephen’s Lane, Dublin 2, shortly after the shooting.
Det Gda Cummins told John Byrne BL, prosecuting, that eight bullets and eight shell casings were discovered at the scene of the shooting but that six casings had since been misplaced after going through “a number of hands” since 2010. “I know who I gave them to last,” she said. The detective said that three casings had been recovered from the back of the car and a further one was found still in the revolver.
Det Gda Cummins added that the serial number on the snub-nose revolver had been erased.
The detective displayed to the court the two weapons found in the back of the burning Volkswagen Golf. Det Gda Cummins told Mr Byrne that, when tested, the semi-automatic pistol and the revolver were in “poor condition” due to the “immense heat” of the fire.
She said three bullets removed from the injured men were passed to her for analysis and she agreed with Mr Byrne that one of them had been extracted from the left buttock of Mr Barrett.
The detective said micro-examination of the three bullets showed that they had been fired from the Zastavi semi-automatic pistol found in the back of the burning car. She added that cartridges matching the revolver were also found in the back of the car.
Det Gda Cummins said that four rounds of ammunition in the magazine of the pistol had exploded while in the gun due to the heat of the fire but they had not been fired.
The witness said that the semi-automatic pistol could hold a maximum of nine rounds of ammunition and that the revolver could hold five rounds.
The court has heard that Mr Barrett was the first to fall after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds: two to his head and three to his left buttock and thigh.
Mr Purcell suffered five wounds in total: One to the left of his chest, two to the right side of his groin, one to his foot and one to his arm.
Mr Masterson, he said, was shot once in the back and once in the forearm.
Opening the prosecution case on Thursday, Ronan Kennedy SC said that at around 12.30am on the night a male carrying two handguns was seen getting out of a Volkswagen Golf near the pub, where he opened fire on the three men who were standing outside at the entrance. All three men received multiple gunshot wounds from a male in dark clothing wearing a dark balaclava who then got back into the Volkswagen Golf, he said.
The barrister said that Mr Barrett was working as a bouncer on the night while Mr Masterson and Mr Purcell were patrons socialising in the pub.
Also in his speech yesterday, Mr Kennedy said that audio evidence will be presented to the court of Mr Wilson in conversation with another male saying “remember the shooting at the Player’s Lounge; I done that”.
Mr Kennedy said the prosecution case is that two vehicles were under Garda surveillance in a separate investigation and that Mr Wilson made the comments while in two vans: A Volkswagen Caddy and a Nissan Primastar.
Counsel said that audio evidence will be played to the court in which Mr Wilson is recorded as saying, “one of them, right in the forehead and five times in the body, it’s amazing how the c***s pull through it, like”.
Mr Kennedy said that both comments by Mr Wilson were in the context of a different conversation between the two men planning a separate, “serious” criminal act.
Mr Kennedy said the prosecution’s case relied on “two simple propositions”. The first proposition, he said, was that Mr Wilson made two “unprompted admissions that he did the Player’s Lounge shooting”.
Counsel said the second proposition was that Mr Wilson and another male were to use a “tried and tested” route in committing a separate crime but that this was “almost identical” to the one previously used in the Player’s Lounge shooting.