Tuesday 21 November 2017

Jury to return for new age traveller murder case

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

THE jury in a new age traveller murder trial will resume their deliberations on a verdict today.

The eight men and four women -- who suspended their deliberations at 4.30pm yesterday after an hour -- will resume their consideration of a verdict at 10.30am in the trial of Una Geaney (45), who denies the murder of Gary Bull (37).

Ms Geaney, of Mullinagleamig, Dingle, Co Kerry, but a native of Fermoy, Co Cork, denies killing Mr Bull at Shanlaragh, Dunmanway, Co Cork, on or around September 23, 2007.

She told gardai she had not struck Mr Bull in the head with a wooden mallet.

She claimed another man -- Jason Thomas (38) aka 'Jay the Hat' -- struck Mr Bull repeatedly in the head after a row erupted on the third day of a drink-fuelled birthday party at her west-Cork home.

Mr Justice Carney had charged the jury at the Central Criminal Court yesterday after the conclusion of the State and defence cases.

Mr Bull's body was dumped in a slurry tank.

After the killing, Ms Geaney told gardai that farmyard compost was used to cover up the pools of his blood -- and that compost was also put into the slurry pit to cover the parts of Mr Bull's body.

Mr Bull was a native of Hertfordshire in the UK but had been living in west Cork for a number of years as part of an extended new age traveller community.

Irish Independent

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