Jury in Shane Geoghegan trial sent home following third day of deliberations

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The jury in the trial of Barry Doyle, who is accused of murdering Shane Geoghegan has been sent home for a third night.

The jury in the trial of Barry Doyle, who is accused of murdering Shane Geoghegan has been sent home for a third night.

Shortly before 3.30 this afternoon the presiding judge, Mr Justice Paul Carney, told the jury he was sending them home as he has to attend a “judge’s conference” this evening.

The jury, which has been now been deliberating for more than 12 hours will resume its deliberations at 11am tomorrow.

Earlier, a second juror was discharged by the trial judge.

The male juror had told the court that he was travelling to the United States on the day he was selected to serve on the jury on February 22.

Mr Justice Paul Carney said it would be unfair to deprive him of his trip to America, given that he had told the court about his travel plans.

He is the second juror to be discharged. Another male juror was discharged on Friday when the jury retired to begin their deliberations because he his father was seriously ill.

There are now ten members of the jury which means they must return a unanimous verdict.

Barry Doyle, with address at Portland Row, Dublin and Hyde Road, Limerick, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Geoghegan at Clonmore, Kilteragh, on November 9, 2008.

The 25-year-old faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted.