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Judge warns group of transition students about ‘graphic’ CCTV footage in Alan Wilson trial before it’s played in court

  • Updated: 16:52, 10 Nov 2021

A GROUP of transition year students who walked into the Special Criminal Court were welcomed by the presiding judge who also warned them that the court was about to view “graphic” CCTV footage of three men being shot.

Ms Justice Tara Burns told the group that they were welcome to stay but it’s best that they know in advance when they have the chance to leave, rather than be upset about it afterwards.

Alan Wilson denies the charges against him
Alan Wilson denies the charges against himCredit: Crispin Rodwell – The Sun Dublin
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
The Criminal Courts of Justice in DublinCredit: PA:Press Association

When a second group entered, the judge repeated her warning and added: “I don’t want anyone going home to their mums and dads and saying they saw something awful in the court.”

The students, who remained while the footage was played, were in the three-judge, non-jury court to view the trial of Alan Wilson.


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 has also pleaded 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.

Detective Garda David Dunne today told prosecution counsel Ronan Kennedy SC that he compiled CCTV footage from various places around Dublin including Mount Street, St Stephen’s Lane, St Stephen’s Place and The Player’s Lounge.


The footage, he said, showed the movements of a van and a Volkswagen Golf around the time of the shooting, which itself was captured by cameras at the front door of The Player’s Lounge.Det Gda Dunne identified Brian Masterson, Wayne Barrett and Austin Purcell standing on a footpath to the front of the pub when, at 00:28, a man arrived and “discharged two firearms”.

The witness described further CCTV footage showing two vehicles driving away from the scene and still images of a car burnt out on St Stephen’s Lane.

The court has previously heard that Mr Barrett was the first to fall, having sustained 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 was shot once in the back and once in the forearm.

The trial continues before Ms Justice Tara Burns with Judge James Faughnan and Judge Sinéad Ní Chúlacháin.

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