Wednesday 17 January 2018

Jury discharged in trial of Kilkenny man (34) accused of murdering Michael O'Dwyer (25)

Tadhg Butler in a photo from 2000
Tadhg Butler in a photo from 2000

Alison O'Riordan

The jury has been discharged in the trial of a 34-year-old Kilkenny man accused of murdering a 25-year-old man in Waterford last year.

Tadhg Butler, with an address at Seafield in Tramore, Co Waterford is charged with murdering Michael O'Dwyer at that address on 10th

January, 2014.

Mr Butler, also known as Thomas O'Grady and originally from Kilkenny, has pleaded not guilty to murdering his fellow Kilkenny man by

stabbing him once in the chest.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy this morning told the jury of eight women and four men they would recall a legal issue had arisen yesterday which has now given rise to certain legal submissions.

"As a consequence of which I have decided the case will be tried by a different jury now. Certain legal consequences flowed from certain

legal evidence given yesterday. Its no reflection on you, its something that occurs from time to time," said Mr Justice McCarthy.

The judge told the court he will swear in a new jury next Tuesday and the twelve jury members were free to go.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

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