Dublin man who shot dad three times while he pushed newborn son in pram found guilty of murder and jailed for life
- 17:31, 5 Jul 2022
- Updated: 17:31, 5 Jul 2022
A DUBLIN man has been found guilty of murdering a dad-of-one by shooting him three times while he pushed his four-month-old son in a pram in broad daylight.
The jury of seven men and four women took just over three hours to find that Wayne Cooney was the cyclist who circled Jordan Davis for three days like a “shark moving towards its prey” before firing eight shots at him from a 9mm pistol.
Mr Davis suffered three gunshot wounds including one to the head that killed him instantly.
Following the jury verdict Mr Justice Tony Hunt remanded Cooney, 31, in custody ahead of a hearing next Friday morning in which members of the victim’s family will be invited to speak before Cooney is jailed for life.
Mr Justice Hunt thanked the jurors for their hard work in a “distressing” trial and he described the recklessness of Cooney in firing eight times while Mr Davis pushed his son in a pram as “astonishing”.
Mr Davis’ mother Sandra Davis, who gave evidence during the trial, was supported by friends and family as the verdict was read out.
- The prosecution alleged that Mr Davis owed €70,000 to a local drug dealer, identified only as CD in the trial, who was the brother of Cooney’s then girlfriend.
When Mr Davis’s mobile phone was examined by gardai they found a message from CD warning Mr Davis: “I’m on your case mate, it won’t be long,” and later telling him: “Soon, very soon, bang bang.”
Prosecution barrister Bernard Condon SC told the jury that the circumstantial evidence against Cooney was such that he was either the shooter or the “most unlucky person ever”.
A garda had identified Cooney from CCTV footage as the cyclist circling Mr Davis.
Cooney’s DNA was found on a glove in an area where the shooter could be seen discarding gloves and a black bodywarmer minutes after the shooting.
Cooney was also identified returning to the same area to retrieve the bodywarmer about one hour and 20 minutes after the shooting.
Mr Justice Tony Hunt told the jury that if they were satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that Cooney was the cyclist who came up behind Jordan Davis and shot him, they must find him guilty of murder.
Cooney, with an address at Glenshane Drive in Tallaght, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Jordan Davis, 22, at a lane-way beside Our Lady of Immaculate National School in Darndale in Dublin on May 22 2019.
He also pleaded not guilty to possessing a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and to possessing ammunition in circumstances that give rise to the reasonable inference that he did not have them for lawful purposes.
The jury convicted him on those counts also.