Court reserves judgment over murder case appeal
The Court of Criminal Appeal has reserved judgment in the case of five men who want their appeal against their murder conviction to be dealt with by the Supreme Court.
Limerick men Anthony McCarthy, from Fairgreen, Christopher Costello, of Moylish Avenue, David Stanners, from Pineview Gardens, James McCarthy, from Delmege Park, and Desmond Dundon, from Hyde Road, were convicted of murdering Kieran Keane (36) and of the attempted murder of his nephew, Owen Treacy, who was stabbed 17 times, on January 29, 2003.
Their lawyers are seeking to have their cases referred to the Supreme Court on the grounds that they raise points of "exceptional public importance".
Their issues include whether the trial judge erred in refusing to discharge the jury when it emerged one member was a garda clerical officer, and that media publicity was prejudicial.