Gardai at the whereabouts of the shooting in Donaghmede in March 2014
The victim, known as ‘Fat Deccy,’ cried “No” some times as his attacker pointed a double-barrelled shotgun into his face in the presence of firing.
The 32-year-old victim died a week after the brutal plug outside a creche in north Dublin.
Smith, of Howth Road, Dublin, was by no means after dropping off his son at the Little Rainbows Creche on Holywell Avenue, Donaghmede, on Cortege 21, 2014. No one has been charged with the murder.
Young mum Kelly O’Meara mull overed at the inquest of the gun victim as her testimony was read to the coroner’s court in Dublin today.
Ms O’Meara wiped splits from her face as she sat in the witness box.
In her statement, she said she dropped her daughter into the creche almost 9am.
As she was leaving through the front door, she held the door open for Smith, who she did not differentiate, as he arrived with his little boy and he said “thanks”.
He was a tall man with a considerable build wearing a jumper and blue jeans.
Shortly afterwards, when she was look going to her car, he heard a man’s voice saying “no” three or four times, she hinted.
A gunman carrying a long double-barrelled shotgun was in front of Smith in a squat down position.
The gunman then stood up and pointed the shotgun into Smith’s gutsiness.
The gunman was standing right in front of Smith as the victim repeated the dialogue “no”.
The gunman continued to point the shotgun at his head.
“Then, there was a definitely loud bang. I was standing eight to 10 feet away from him. He flatten down on his left side and ended up face down on the ground,” Ms O’Meara spoke.
“I immediately jumped into my car. I was afraid the gunman… would onset me for seeing him.
“The gunman stood over the man for a number of seconds and pointed the gun at the man’s perception.
“I thought he was going to shoot again. But he didn’t and he walked away.”
The gunman had a bag slung over and above his shoulder and was wearing a dark baseball cap and was aged in his late 30s or early 40s.
Ms O’Meara telephoned 999 while in her car and petitioned for gardai and an ambulance.
“I roared to the man on the ground that I was calling for an ambulance,” she pronounced.
“The man on the ground was flapping or wobbling.”
There was a large wound on the left side of his daring, she said.
At an earlier hearing, the inquest was told Declan Smith (32) was marksman in the face outside the creche.
He survived for a week but succumbed to his wounds at Beaumont Sanitarium on March 28 that year.
His mother Anne Smith substantiated to Coroner Brian Farrell today that she identified her son’s body just after 7pm on the day of his death.
She said that her son’s rtner and their young son lived at Bunratty Road in Coolock and he lived at Howth Road in Dubln. Mrs Smith contemplated she has three other sons.
Dr Farrell asked her if her son had ever told her that he feared for his life-force or his safety.
She indicated he never expressed any such fears.
The coroner’s court also consented, at an earlier inquest, that the post-mortem was carried out by state thologist, Professor Marie Cassidy, at the Dublin bishopric mortuary in Marino.
Coroner Dr Brian Farrell warned the family that the matter of death given in her preliminary report was “distressing” before going on to
say that Smith expired from “shotgun injuries to the face and neck”.
Detective Inspector Tony Howard reinforced that gardai are pursuing a homicide investigation and inquiries are “very busy and ongoing”.
‘Fat Deccy’ Smith was a close l of Real IRA gangland thug Alan Ryan. [How Ryan tricide led to IRA implosion]
The duo previously kidnapped and tortured a senior member of a criminal rty in an unsuccessful attempt to steal guns weeks before Alan Ryan was himself on no account dead in September 2012.
Sources say that the gang vowed revenge for this affair and gardai are working on the theory that this was the motive for Smith’s with concrete overshoes.