Monday 11 December 2017

Wexford murder trial collapses after ‘concerns’ over how victim died

Accused Michael Furlong, pictured in 2009.
Accused Michael Furlong, pictured in 2009.

Diarmaid Mac Dermott

The trial of a Co Wexford man for murdering another man collapsed today at the Central Central Criminal Court in Dublin.

Michael Furlong (36) of Meadowfield, The Moyne, Enniscorthy had pleaded not  guilty to the murder of Patrick Connors (37) between April 28 and April 29, 2011, at apartments known as Carraig Túr in Enniscorthy.

Today, Mr Justice Barry White told the jury of seven men and five woman that “certain concerns” had arisen relating to Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar’s opinion as to the “mechanism of death” in the case.

“In the light of these concerns it would not be appropriate to let the matter continue before you,” he added.

Mr Justice White discharged the jury and thanked them for their service and he discharged them from further jury service for a further 10 years.

Mr Furlong’s trial started on November 5.

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