THE trial is due to begin later today of two men who are accused of murdering two people in Southill last year.
Thomas Stewart, aged 28, of The Cedars, Briarfield, Castletroy and Patrick O’Brien, aged 32, of Golf Links Road in Castletroy are accused of murdering Breda Waters and Des Kelly at O’ Malley Park, Southill on January 9, 2011.
Mother-of-three Ms Waters, 28, who was from St Mary’s Park, and Mr Kelly, 24, died after they were shot at Mr Kelly’s home in the early hours of the morning.
Yesterday, at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin, both men formally entered not guilty pleas when they were arraigned by the court registrar.
A just was selected and the prosecution is due to open its case at courtroom number 19 at the Criminal Courts of Justice complex this morning.
The jury is expected to hear evidence from a large number of residents from O’Malley Park as well as from dozens of gardai who were involved in the murder investigation.
The trial is being heard before Mr Justice George Birmingham
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