Saturday 25 March 2017

Jury to deliberate in McGrath trial

Nicola AndersonNicola Anderson

THE jury in a cold-case murder trial is expected to begin deliberations today at the Central Criminal Court.

Vera McGrath (61) has pleaded not guilty to murdering her husband Bernard (Brian) McGrath (43) at their home at Lower Coole, Co Westmeath, more than 23 years ago.

Her former son-in-law, Colin Pinder (47) of Liverpool, England, has also pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter on a date unknown between March 10 and April 18, 1987. The judge continued his charge of the jury yesterday with a summing up of the evidence.

Commenting on the cross-examination of the chief prosecution witness, Veronica McGrath, daughter of Vera McGrath, the judge told the jury that it had been suggested to her by counsel for Vera McGrath, Patrick Gageby, that she had had a "very easy run" from the gardai.

Mr Gageby had put it to Veronica McGrath that the DPP had decided not to charge her with any failure to report a crime or with any other offence arising from her father's death.

However, the judge commented that what the DPP had said was "more subtle than that" and that a decision had been taken "for the moment" not to prosecute but that the decision could be reviewed.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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