Friday 20 September 2019

Jury resumes deliberations in trial of man who strangled his partner

Brigid Maguire
Brigid Maguire
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A jury has resumed deliberations in the trial of a man accused of murdering the mother of his children by strangling her to death.

The seven men and five women in the Danny Keena murder trial were told by Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy to continue considering a verdict at the Central Criminal Court this morning.

They had spent two hours and 11 minutes in deliberations after they retired on Friday following a four-day trial.

Mr Keena (55) from Empor, Ballynacargy, Co Westmeath, denies the murder of his estranged partner Brigid Maguire (43) at her home at Main Street, Ballynacargy on November 14, 2015.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter but the prosecution did not accept that plea.

They jurors have been told there are two verdict options open to them: not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter; or guilty of murder.

The judge has asked for a majority verdict from the jury.

Mr Keena admits he strangled Ms Maguire to death but his defence is arguing provocation, saying he was “out of his mind” after Ms Maguire told him he was a bad father.

During the trial, the jury heard Ms Maguire had moved out of the family with her two children around two months before she was killed.

Their daughter Jade found her dead on the floor of her bedroom at the rented house they had moved to.

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