Tuesday 21 November 2017

Murder accused faces retrial

Lonan Paul

A WOMAN accused of murdering a taxi driver by crushing him with her car faces a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict in her trial.

The jury of six men and six women said they could not agree on a majority verdict and remained split 9/3 after more than six and a half hours of discussions over two days.

The accused, Claire Nolan (23), of Sheephill Green in Blanchardstown, Dublin, gave no reaction as Mr Justice Barry White thanked the jury and said the case would be sent forward for retrial.

She had denied murdering Michael Duffy (66), by driving her car at him and crushing him in the driveway of his son's home at Well View Grove, Blanchardstown in January 2008.

Ms Nolan, who has been attending a drug treatment centre since June, admitted manslaughter.

But the prosecution refused to accept Ms Nolan's plea and the subsequent murder trial lasted six days at the Central Criminal Court.

Mr Duffy, a native of North King Street in north inner city Dublin, died after receiving a massive crush injury to the chest that broke his spine.

His injuries were described as "not survivable" by the state pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy who gave evidence in the trial.

A date for the new trial is due to be fixed on March 22.

Irish Independent

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