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Man Given Mandatory Life Sentence For Murder At Bray Boxing Club In 2018

A man has been handed a mandatory life sentence for the murder of Bobby Messet.

Bobby Messett was one of twelve people taking part in an exercise class at Bray Boxing Club when Gerard Cervi burst in just before 7am on the 5th of June in 2018.

He fired nine shots – one of which hit Mr Messett in the head, killing him instantly.

At Cervi’s sentence hearing today, Det Supt. Brian O’Keefe said there was absolutely no reason to believe the 50 year old painter/decorator was the target.

Two others, including well-known boxing coach Pete Taylor, were also injured in the attack but Cervi was cleared of their attempted murder.

Today's sentence brings two trials to a close lasting a combined 17 weeks over a two-year period.

Outside court afterwards, his son, Gary Messett, spoke about the long journey towards justice.

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