Thursday 24 August 2017

Jury in Jobstown trial expected to resume deliberations tomorrow

Paul Murphy. Picture: Collins
Paul Murphy. Picture: Collins

Isabel Hayes

The jury in the trial of six men accused of falsely imprisoning former Tanaiste Joan Burton is expected to resume deliberations today.

The jury of seven men and four women retired to consider its verdict on Monday afternoon. They deliberated for 50 minutes before they were told further legal argument was to take place and deliberations were suspended.

Legal argument took place today and the jury will return on Wednesday morning.

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and five other men have pleaded not (NOT) guilty to falsely imprisoning Ms Burton and her adviser Karen O’Connell by restricting their personal liberty without consent at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght on November 15, 2014.

The trial started on April 26.

The two women were attending a graduation ceremony at An Cosán adult education centre when demonstrations broke out around them. They remained in cars for three hours after they were surrounded by protesters.

The prosecution alleges that by surrounding the cars, the accused men engaged in a joint enterprise to “totally restrain” the women and deprive them of their liberty.

The defence has submitted that there was no false imprisonment and that the accused men were exercising their constitutional right of peaceful assembly. They maintain that obstructing the car was no more than “an inconvenience, delay and a nuisance”.

Paul Murphy (34) of Kingswood Heights, Tallaght; Kieran Mahon (39) of Bolbrook Grove, Tallaght; Michael Murphy (53) of Whitechurch Way, Ballyboden, Dublin; Michael Banks (46) of Brookview Green; Scott Masterson (34) of Carrigmore Drive, Tallaght and Frank Donaghy (71) of Alpine Rise, Tallaght have all denied the charges.

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