Friday 24 November 2017

Verdict expected in trial of man accused of stabbing fellow prisoner

Graham Johnson, who was murdered in a prison kitchen
Graham Johnson, who was murdered in a prison kitchen

Alison O'Riordan

The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering a fellow Cork Prison inmate have been sent out to begin their deliberations at the Central Criminal Court this morning.

Brian Veale (31) of Dominic Street, Cork has pleaded not guilty to murdering Graham Johnson at Cork Prison, Rathmore Road in Cork City on May 16, 2015.

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy said there were three verdicts the jury could return, namely; guilty of murder, not guilty of murder or not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

“The prosecution say there is no evidence of self-defence but it seems to me that the defence are seeking to rely on the partial defence of self-defence,” said the judge.

The judge told the jury of seven men and five women that they must be unanimous in their decision.

The jury began their deliberations this morning at 11.50am.

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