Sunday 22 September 2019

Trial of Dublin man accused of murdering Sonia Blount in hotel room adjourned, jury discharged

Eric Locke, inset, Sonia Blount
Eric Locke, inset, Sonia Blount
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

The trial of a Dublin man accused of murdering a woman in a hotel room last year has been adjourned and the jury discharged.

Eric Locke (33) of St Johns Park East, Clondalkin, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Sonia Blount at Room 346, The Plaza Hotel, Tallaght on February 16, 2014.

The trial was due to begin this morning before Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy and a jury of four women and eight men.

Judge Kennedy told the jury that an application had been made to adjourn the trial, and for a number of reasons she had granted the application.

She told the jury that she was discharging them as a jury, and thanked them for their willingness to serve.

The case was adjourned to next Monday before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy. ENDS

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