Wednesday 1 March 2017

Jury reassures court that juror not 'nodding off'

Barry Duggan

A JURY has reassured a judge they are giving their full attention to a trial after a juror was thought to have nodded off during proceedings.

The jury foreman in Limerick Circuit Criminal Court yesterday told Judge Carroll Moran that the seven men and five women were paying full attention to a case where a father is alleged to have shot his daughter's boyfriend.

The trial began last month after Anthony Kelly (50) of 121 O'Malley Park, Southill, Limerick pleaded not guilty to possessing a pistol with intent to endanger life on October 28, 2009.

Yesterday, Judge Moran addressed the jury and said that trials were conducted in a proper manner to ensure a fair trial.

"There is a perception in this case, that may not be the true perception, that one of the jurors is nodding off," he said.

Judge Moran said he did not think anyone was alleging the juror was asleep but he said the perception was that the juror "is not paying attention".

Addressing the judge later, the jury foreman said his colleagues had discussed the issue and said they were giving the case their full attention.

Yesterday, the jury heard from Garda Michael O'Connor who called to Mr Kelly's home shortly after Michael Lynch had been shot.

His daughter Jessica Kelly -- girlfriend of the victim -- answered the front door and shortly after Mr Kelly came to the door and said he had been in bed when he heard shots.

Mr Kelly then shut the door and failed to open it when the officer knocked on it.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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