Sunday 23 April 2017

Jury begin deliberations in trial of man accused of murder in a Kildare town over two years ago

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

Alison O'Riordan

The jury in the trial of a man accused of murder in a Kildare town over two years ago have begun their deliberations.

Seamus Morgan (49) with an address at The Hollands, Athy, Co Kildare is charged with murdering Laurence Keane (56) in the town on July 19 2013.

Last week at the Central Criminal Court Mr Morgan pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Keane.

Mr Justice Robert Eagar finished charging the jury this morning and told them their verdict must be unanimous.

"You must be unanimous in your conclusion, be it guilty or non-guilty. You will be given as much time as you require," he said.

"If you accept Mr Morgan's account you must acquit," he said

The judge told the jury if they had not come to a conclusion by 4pm today he proposed to send them home for the day and they could return in the morning.

The jury retired to begin their deliberations at 11.52am today.

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