“Extremely Dangerous” Wayne Cooney sentenced to life in prison for the murder of father Jordan Davis, who was shot while pushing a baby in a stroller

An “extremely dangerous person” who shot dead a man while pushing his four-month-old son in a stroller has been sentenced to life in prison.

During the hearing of Wayne Cooney’s verdict, a judge called on higher courts to put an end to “false” legal arguments that he said have caused a “shocking waste of public funds.”

Ahead of the trial of Cooney, 31, who was found guilty of the murder of 22-year-old Jordan Davis this week, Cooney’s lawyers argued that CCTV evidence, which is vital to his conviction, should be excluded from the evidence .

Mr Judge Tony Hunt said today that the arguments relating to video surveillance being made in “trial after trial” are “the flimsiest arguments invented by man or beast”.

He added: “Almost every trial is burdened by these privacy-based arguments that have nothing to do with investigating serious crime.”

The judge said he was not aware of any system in the world that would refuse CCTV evidence that could be used to further investigate serious crimes and prosecute those responsible.

He asked the Court of Appeals to rule on the use of CCTV, adding: “It is long overdue for the Courts of Appeal to toss these arguments in the trash where they belong to prevent prosecution and exposure.” Privacy has nothing to do with investigating and prosecuting serious crimes, and it’s time to get those barnacles out of the boat.”

The judge recognized the work of An Garda Siochana for her “arduous and diligent” work in finding and tracking Cooney.

He also commented that Mr Davis’ death served as a “sad lesson” about the dangers of involvement in drug-related crimes.

The trial heard that before the murder, a local drug dealer had threatened to kill Mr Davis because the deceased owed him €70,000.

Although Mr Davis has been involved in crime, Mr Justice Hunt said this should be dealt with by the police and the courts and “not by barbarians who go around with semi-automatic pistols and fire them near innocent men, women and children”.

He said Mr Davis has a right to life and that his family and society have the right to a “proper investigation and prosecution of this outrageous outrage”.

Giollaiosa O Lideadha SC, who defended Cooney, said the arguments put forward during the legal battle were not false and were put forward by a “sovereign attorney”.

Mr Justice Hunt sentenced Cooney to life in prison for murder, saying Cooney was “obviously an extremely dangerous person”.

He said he should not be considered for release until that threat is negated “in the long term.”

He noted that Cooney had fired eight times and hit Mr. Davis three times and was “amazingly reckless” about the danger to Mr. Davis’ baby and another child who happened to be cycling down the alley when Cooney opened fire.

The judge sentenced Cooney to 13 years each for possession of the firearm and ammunition he used to murder Mr Davis. These penalties run concurrently with life imprisonment.

The court also heard Cooney had 21 prior convictions, including one for possession of drugs for sale or supply.

Before the sentencing, Mr Davis’ mother, Sandra Davis, described her son as “our gentle giant”.

She said, “We miss you so much, our hearts are broken without you.”

She said the family would always talk about him to make sure his little son “always knew how amazing you were. You were a great father until the day you were taken from us in such a cruel way. He’s like you in so many ways, but has been robbed of your love. We have all been robbed of your love.”

She said that “Jordo” loved big hugs and always kissed her on the cheek whenever he saw her.

“You had a smile that would light up a room and your life ended too soon,” she said.

Cooney, with an address on Glenshane Drive in Tallaght, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Jordan Davis, 22, on May 22, 2019 in an alleyway next to Our Lady of Immaculate National School in Darndale, Dublin.

He also pleaded not guilty to possession of a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and ammunition in circumstances leading to the reasonable conclusion that he did not have them for legitimate purposes. It took a jury just over three hours to find him guilty after a trial that ended earlier this week.

Prosecutors alleged that Mr Davis owed €70,000 to a local drug dealer, identified only as CD at trial, who was the brother of Cooney’s then-girlfriend.

When Mr Davis’ 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 told him: “Soon, very soon, bang bang “

Prosecution attorney Bernard Condon SC told the jury that the circumstantial evidence against Cooney was that he was either the shooter or the “unhappiest person ever.”

A police officer had identified Cooney from CCTV footage as the cyclist circling Mr Davis.

Cooney’s DNA was found on a glove in an area on Belcamp Lane where the gunman ditched gloves and a black body warmer minutes after the shooting.

Cooney was also identified when he returned to the same area to retrieve the body warmer about an hour and 20 minutes after the shooting.

Prosecutors also relied on cell phone evidence showing Cooney’s phone called CD at moments when the person identified on CCTV as the shooter could be seen holding a phone to his ear.

This was the first trial challenging the use of cellphone evidence after the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Ireland’s system of storing and accessing cellphone data violated data protection rights.

Admitting the cellphone evidence, Mr Justice Hunt said the “weighty public interest and public interest inherent in the need to properly investigate this murder comprehensively outweighs any limited privacy rights attached to the data”.

After the murder, the gunman’s movements were followed by CCTV as he walked to a nearby bus stop.

Ms Hayes told the trial that she was driving through Darndale at the same time as Cooney’s friend, identified only as EF. EF spoke to someone on the phone and directed Ms Hayes until they got to the same bus stop where EF said, “There’s the idiot” and Ms Hayes told her to get on.

Ms Hayes said she recognized the person who got into her car as EF’s boyfriend Wayne. She denied to Cooney’s defense attorney Giollaiosa O Lideadha SC that criminals pressured her to make a false accusation against Cooney.

Cell phone evidence showed Cooney’s phone chatted with EF’s phone for 200 seconds, right around the time Ms Hayes said EF directed her to the bus stop while speaking to someone on the phone.

Cooney denied to Gardai that he was the person on the bike or the shooter. Mr O Lideadha told the jury that the prosecution’s case contained “large loopholes” and was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

He said there could have been a number of people who had a motive for murdering Mr Davis and he questioned the credibility of the Garda, which Cooney had identified from CCTV footage. He also challenged prosecutors’ claims that they proved the cellphone belonged to Cooney.

The jury’s verdict is expected to be appealed. During the legal argument, Mr O Lideadha described the judge’s indictment to the jury as “the complete negation of a fair trial”. He indicated that if the case goes to the Court of Appeal, he will make submissions on the judge’s presentation to the jury.

Mr Davis’ mother, Sandra Davis, told the trial that she knew her son was dealing drugs when he started buying expensive clothes and going to Amsterdam.

He spent over 1,000 euros on a buggy when his son was born. She said things “went downhill” after January 2019, when Jordan’s “so-called friends” all disappeared. In March of this year, five men appeared in her garden.

One of them yelled at Ms. Davis, “Tell Jordan to pay his damn bills, it’s not over, tell Jordan we’re coming back.” That night, the house’s windows were smashed, she said.
By May 2019, she said Jordan “seems to think things are okay” and he was beginning to relax. “He sorted it out, he said he sorted it out,” she said. She agreed that Jordan was friends with Sean Little, who was shot the day before her son.

During a separate investigation into CD, Gardai discovered a drug dealer’s “hack list” that included names of people who owed CD money. Gardai identified an individual owed €70,000 identified as “Jordo” as Jordan Davis.

In a lengthy indictment to the jury, Judge Hunt said if they were convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that Cooney was the cyclist who came up behind Jordan Davis and shot him, they had to find him guilty of murder.

He told them the gunman who drove after Mr Davis and shot him was “undoubtedly guilty of murder” but the question they needed to resolve was whether the cyclist was Wayne Cooney.

Mr Justice Hunt told the jury that if prosecutors could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Cooney murdered Mr Davis, they could find that he obstructed the arrest or prosecution of the killer by taking away the body warmer. He said Cooney said he was spotted on CCTV at Belcamp Lane about an hour and 20 minutes after the murder.

He said the shooter disposed of the body warmer during a 40-second period while he was off-camera, and when Cooney retrieved the body warmer, he also went off-camera for almost exactly 40 seconds.

He said the jury should consider that if Cooney wasn’t the person who left the body warmer behind, he must have acquired some knowledge of it being placed there. He added: “If he wasn’t firing, then in that hour and 20 minutes he gained the knowledge of where the item was. You have to take that into account.”

From that perspective, Mr Justice Hunt said Mr Cooney was not the shooter but may have “covered up”.

He went on to tell the jury, “If he didn’t shoot, then he didn’t get into the lane by accident. There had to be some information that got him there, he had to know something about what he was picking up and where he was picking it up.”

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/extremely-dangerous-wayne-cooney-sentenced-to-life-for-murder-of-dad-who-was-shot-pushing-baby-in-pram-41824734.html “Extremely Dangerous” Wayne Cooney sentenced to life in prison for the murder of father Jordan Davis, who was shot while pushing a baby in a stroller

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