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Murder trial adjourned due to accused man’s medical condition

THE trial of a 38-year-old charged with murdering a man in 2003 has been adjourned for the second day as the accused was not present.

Darren Byrne, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Paul Ryan (27) at Coolderry, Birr, Co Offaly on April 12, 2003.

Mr Byrne, of no fixed abode, has also pleaded not guilty to possession of a sawn-off shotgun with intent to endanger life at that location on the same date.

Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan asked the jury for their forbearance and told them that the trial was not in a position to proceed, but to return in the morning.

Mr Brendan Grehan SC defending told the court this is through no fault of his own.

The jury was told the accused could not be present due to an unforeseen medical condition.

The trial will resume tomorrow before a jury of seven men and five women.