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Friday 18 April 2014

Jury discharged in neighbour harassment case

A JURY has been discharged in the case of a couple accused of harassing their neighbours over a six-year period, writes Gordon Deegan.

On the second day of the trial of Martin (66) and Ann McLoughlin (64), Judge Gerard Keyes told the jury a legal issue had arisen in the case.

He said that it would take time to resolve the legal matter, and, in order to be fair to both sides, "the solution is to discharge you from your duties".

Judge Keyes gave his ruling after the jury were in their jury room for more than 90 minutes yesterday, while counsel for both sides dealt with the matter.

One of the alleged victims in the case, Ray Crowley, was due to continue giving evidence, but no further evidence was heard yesterday.

The McLoughlins, of Ballymaconna, Barefield, Ennis, are each charged with the harassment of their neighbours from October 1, 2006, to March 31, 2012.

They deny all charges.

The case has been adjourned to March 3 to Ennis Circuit Court to fix a date for trial.

Irish Independent

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