Friday 30 September 2016

Jury told it can reach majority verdict in trial of father-of-four charged with murdering man with baseball bat

By Natasha Reid

Published 27/04/2015 | 13:40

Jooda Akanbi
Jooda Akanbi
Taiwo Jamani

A deliberating jury has been told it can now reach a majority verdict in the trial of a father of four, charged with murdering a man with a baseball bat in broad daylight.

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The accused claims that he was acting in self defence when he hit him over the head with the bat on the main street of a north Dublin town.

The Central Criminal Court trial has heard that a fight broke out between two men with baseball bats shortly before lunchtime on October 10th, 2013 on Main Street, Swords.

Jooda Akanbi (39) is charged with murdering 45-year-old Taiwo Jamani on November 13th, 2013, the date of his death in hospital due to a severe, traumatic brain injury.

Mr Akanbi of Ashton Avenue, Applewood in Swords has pleaded not guilty to murdering his fellow Nigerian. He went on trial last week before Mr Justice Tony Hunt and the evidence finished on Wednesday.

The five women and seven men of the jury began considering their verdict on Thursday and had deliberated for more than five hours this morning when given the option of reaching a majority verdict of not less than 10 to two.

They broke for lunch an hour later and will resume their deliberations this afternoon.

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