Tuesday 26 September 2017

Jury deliberates in Santry murder trial

Niamh O Donoghue

THE jury will resume their deliberations tomorrow in the trial of a father-of-four accused of murdering his best friend of 16 years in his North Dublin apartment.

Peter Donnelly (52) of The Green, Larch Hill Apartments, Santry, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Edward Flanagan (49) at the same address on June 16, 2011.

He had originally pleaded not guilty to two other counts but on Monday he was re-arraigned and pleaded guilty to possession of a Baikal 9mm automatic pistol and three rounds of .38 calibre ammunition at the same address on June 15, 2011.

Mr Justice Paul Carney told the jury of seven men and three women there was an absence of any real explanation in this case.

He told the jury that in one of the interviews the accused said what happened was an accident.

The judge said that that a member of gardai was shocked when the accused told him about the shooting, as he did not know him as a criminal.

He said the jury could bring in a finding of manslaughter if they were not satisfied of the statutory intent for murder.

He said an unlawful killing is escalated to murder if the necessary intent is present. Intention is something that can be formed in a nanosecond, he said.

The jury who have now been considering their verdict for a total of two hours and 32 minutes will resume their deliberations this morning/tomorrow (WED).

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