Thursday 14 December 2017

Jobstown jury sent home after an hour of deliberations, as 'legal issues' need to be addressed

Paul Murphy. Picture: Collins
Paul Murphy. Picture: Collins

Andrew Phelan

The jury in the Jobstown false imprisonment trial has been sent home for the night after beginning deliberations.

The seven men and four women of the jury had spent less than an hour considering verdicts when Judge Melanie Greally told them to suspend deliberations.

They were told to return to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court at 2pm tomorrow. The judge said the trial was at a “very critical stage” and there were “legal issues” that needed to be addressed.

Paul Murphy TD (34), along with south Dublin councillors Michael Murphy (53) and Kieran Mahon (39) and three other men - Michael Banks (46), Frank Donaghy (71) and Scott Masterson (34) - have all denied falsely imprisoning Ms Burton and Ms O’Connell at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown in Tallaght, Dublin on November 15, 2014.

The jury was sent out at 3.10pm  this afternoon and when they returned at 4.01pm, after 49 minutes, Judge Greally said deliberations were being suspended for the day.

“There are some legal issues that have to be addressed arising from my directions to you."

She advised the jury members not to discuss the case with anybody else.

Earlier, Judge Greally had concluded delivering her charge to the jury.

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