Monday 19 March 2018

Juror discharged in trial of retired member of defence forces accused of murdering prostitute

Jimmy Devaney
Jimmy Devaney

A juror has been discharged in the trial of a retired member of the defence forces accused of murdering a prostitute in Co.Westmeath four years ago.

Father-of-three Jimmy Devaney (67) of Millbrook Avenue, Monksland, Athlone has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Marie Greene in Westmeath on February 13, 2011.

Today Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan asked the jury of six men and six women if they had discussed the trial with each other or with any third parties to which they replied ‘no’.

The jury members were sent to their room and when they returned Ms Justice Heneghan told them that one of their number had been discharged.

The trial continues in closing speeches this afternoon before the remaining six women and five men.

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