Thursday 23 November 2017

Application to discharge jury in trial of GAA All Star Darren Gleeson

Tipperary hurler Darren Gleeson with the Liam MacCarthy Cup in September Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Tipperary hurler Darren Gleeson with the Liam MacCarthy Cup in September Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Conor Kane

A circuit court judge is to rule on Friday on an application to discharge the jury in the trial of Tipperary hurling goalkeeper Darren Gleeson who denies charges of stealing a total of €32,000 from a financial services client.

Mr Gleeson (35) of Shesharoe, Portroe, Co Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of stealing a total of €32,000 from a Timothy Heenan in 2013, and two alternate accounts of obtaining the same monies by deception.

His trial got under way on Thursday morning at Nenagh circuit court.

Darren Gleeson was Tipperary’s goalkeeper when they won the All-Ireland senior hurling final against Kilkenny last September, and was a substitute when his county won the title back in 2010.

At the end of the evidence yesterday, defence counsel Johnny Walsh raised a legal issue which was discussed in the absence of the jury.

Judge Thomas Teehan will give his ruling this morning to the jury on Mr Walsh’s application to discharge the jury in the case.

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