THE Jury of seven men and five women retire this morning (Tuesday) to consider a verdict in the trial of a County Wicklow man who pleaded not guilty to a number of ATM raid charges.
Michael Berry, of 2 Hillview, Carnew, pleaded not guilty at Wexford Circuit Court to charges of stealing ATM machines and quantities of cash at Tullow Road, Carlow, on November 27, 2008, in Graignamanagh, on June 12, 2009, and in Enniscorthy on July 24, 2009h.
The 36-year-old defendant has also pleaded not guilty to a number of charges of aggravated burglary at different locations while in possession of a baseball bat and hammer, a crowbar and sledgehammer.
He also pleaded not guilty to burglary on a number of occasions; assault; unauthorised theft of motor vehicles; and structural damage to property on dates between May 26, 2008, and July 24, 2009, at Kilmyshall, Bunclody; Aughrim, County Wicklow; Tullow, Co. Carlow; Enniscorthy; Athy Road, Carlow and in County Waterford.
The trial is now entering its fourth week. Charges were made to the Jury by Judge Barry Hickson over two days, on Thursday and Friday last, and over the two previous days by Prosecuting Counsel, Patrick Treacy and Defence Counsel, Anthony Sammon.
At the conclusion of the charges Jury members were sent home for the weekend, to commence their deliberations today.