Man murders friend then posts RIP messages on Facebook

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A man murdered his best friend in cold blood then left a condolence message on Facebook hours later.

Darren Wynne, 21, shot Jamie “Marley” Lindsay, 20, in the head at almost point blank range with a sawn-off shotgun on April 6 last year.

Hours after the killing, Wynne posted on the social media site: "r.i.p marley u be missd (sic)".

Days later he posted another message saying: "r.i.p jamie u be sadly missd u were like a bro to me u dne alot for me and alot other people (sic)".

The violent act took place near Mr Lindsay's house in County Kildare, Ireland. The pair had been making threats towards each other prior to the incident.

Threats flying back and forth

Wynne claimed that Mr Lindsay had threatened him over a sum of €1,000 (S$1,667) for some missing cannabis, reported Mirror. He had also apparently threatened to rape Wynne's grandmother.

Mr Lindsay was a drug dealer who peddled cannabis resin in the neighbourhood, reported Irish Mirror.

Wynne claimed he only wanted to kneecap Mr Lindsay, not kill him, and that he had shot his friend in the shoulder, reported Irish Independent.

But pathologist Michael Curtis told the court that it was a shot to the head that completely destroyed Mr Lindsay's right eye and fractured his skull.

Wynne was jailed for life on Tuesday for the murder. He was also convicted of possession of a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition with intent to endanger life, reported Irish Times.

Quentin Monaghan, 21, and James Seery, 21, who were with Wynne when he shot Mr Lindsay have also been charged with the killing. Their case is till pending.

Sources: Mirror, Irish Mirror, Irish Independent, RTE News