Sunday 20 August 2017

Jobstown trial delayed after juror is discharged

From the left: Paul Murphy, Michael Murphy, Scott Masterson, Frank Donaghy and Kieran Mahon arrive at court. Photo: Collins
From the left: Paul Murphy, Michael Murphy, Scott Masterson, Frank Donaghy and Kieran Mahon arrive at court. Photo: Collins

Legal Affairs Editor

THE trial of Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and six other men for the false imprisonment of former Tánaiste Joan Burton has been delayed until tomorrow after one juror was discharged.

When the case was due to get underway this afternoon, Judge Melaney Greally told the remaining eleven jurors: “There has been a development and we have lost one of your number.”

The judge said the trial could not get underway until a replacement juror is sworn in.

This will now happen on Wednesday morning.

Judge Greally said the situation was “unavoidable”.

She reiterated an earlier warning to jurors not to look for information about the case on the internet or to discuss it with family or friends.

Mr Murphy (34), together with South Dublin councillors Kieran Mahon (39), Michael Murphy (53) and four other men have entered not guilty pleas on charges of falsely imprisoning of then Tánaiste and her special advisor Karen O'Connell by restricting their personal liberty without their consent at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght on November 15, 2014.

On Monday Judge Greally has told jurors the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court is expected to last six weeks.

Paul Murphy of Kingswood Heights, Tallaght, Mr Mahon of Bolbrook Grove, Tallaght, Michael Murphy of Whitechurch Way, Ballyboden, Dublin, Frank Donaghy (71) of Alpine Rise, Tallaght, Ken Purcell (50) of Kiltalown Green, Michael Banks (46) of Brookview Green, Tallaght, and Scott Masterson (34) of Carrigmore Drive, Tallaght were all arraigned on Monday and entered not guilty pleas.

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