Sunday 19 November 2017

TD and six others deny imprisoning Joan Burton

From the left: Paul Murphy, Michael Murphy, Scott Masterson, Frank Donaghy and Kieran Mahon arrive at court. Photo: Collins
From the left: Paul Murphy, Michael Murphy, Scott Masterson, Frank Donaghy and Kieran Mahon arrive at court. Photo: Collins

Fiona Ferguson

A jury has been selected for the trial of Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and six other men on charges of falsely imprisoning Joan Burton in Tallaght in 2014.

Paul Murphy (34), together with South Dublin councillors Kieran Mahon (39) and Michael Murphy (53) and four other men have entered not guilty pleas on charges of falsely imprisoning the then tánaiste and Karen O'Connell by restricting their personal liberty without their consent at Fortunestown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin, on November 15, 2014

Judge Melanie Greally has told the jurors the case is expected to last six weeks and the trial is expected to begin at 2pm this afternoon.

Following a jury selection process that took three-and-a-half hours and in which over 100 potential jurors were called in a random ballet, a jury of five women and seven men were selected.

Paul Murphy, of Kingswood Heights, Tallaght, Cllr Mahon, of Bolbrook Grove, Tallaght, Michael Murphy, of Whitechurch Way, Ballyboden, Dublin, Frank Donaghy (71), of Alpine Rise, Tallaght, Ken Purcell (50), of Kiltalown Green, Dublin, Michael Banks (46), of Brookview Green, Tallaght, and Scott Masterson (34), of Carrigmore Drive, Tallaght, have all been arraigned and entered not guilty pleas.

During the selection process some potential jurors were excused after speaking privately with the judge.

Judge Greally told the jury they must be satisfied they can stay with the case for at least six weeks. She outlined they could not serve if they had any connection to any of the parties involved.

Irish Independent

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