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Saturday 23 September 2023 Dublin: 12°C Gardaí at the scene of the shooting in 2015.
Man dressed in women's clothes asked directions to pigeon club before murdering man, court hears
It is alleged that Christopher McDonald shot Keith Walker dead.

A MAN DRESSED in women’s clothes asked two teenage boys for directions to a pigeon club where a man was shot 18 times with a sub-machine gun, a court has heard.

The teens gave evidence in the trial of Christopher McDonald (34) from the East Wall area of Dublin. McDonald has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 36-year-old Keith Walker at Blanchardstown Pigeon Racing Club on Shelerin Road in Clonsilla on 12 June, 2015. He is on trial at the Central Criminal Court.

It is the State’s case that the man dressed as a woman was the accused on his way to the Pigeon Club where Keith Walker was shot.

The first witness said he was at the junction of Whitestown Gardens and Whitestown Avenue on the evening of 12 June 2015 when he met a man wearing women’s gym clothes and makeup and carrying a designer handbag.

He thought the man was aged in his late 30s or 40s, was about five feet ten inches in height and had a cut over his right eye.

The witness told prosecuting counsel Denis Vaughan Buckley SC that the man calmly asked him where the Pigeon Club was, but the teen did not know.

He added: “As he was going off he acted like he was in a hurry. He was walking really quick.”

The trial continues this afternoon in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of six men and six women.

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