A JURY has been sworn in for the Shane Geoghegan murder trial at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin today.
Barry Doyle, 25, with addresses at Portland Row, Dublin 1, and Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, is charged with the murder of the Garryowen rugby player at Clonmore in the Kilteragh estate, Dooradoyle, on November 9, 2008.
Dressed in a grey suit and pink shirt, the accused man pleaded not guilty when arraigned on the murder charge at 11.25 this morning.
Mr Doyle was holding a book entitled ‘The Damage Done: Twelve Years of Hell in a Bangkok Prison’ by Warren Fellows, in court.
Members of Shane’s family were in courtroom number six for this morning’s brief sitting. It was the first time that Shane Geoghegan’s mother Mary, uncle Tony and girlfriend Jenna, saw the man accused of murdering Mr Geoghegan in person.
Before the jury was empanelled, Tom O’Connell, SC, for the prosecution, told the court the trial is expected to last three to four weeks.
Mr Justice Paul Carney warned the jury panel that nobody should serve who is ineligible. He said anybody who knows the accused man, Barry Doyle, or anybody who knew Shane Geoghegan or his family, or anybody who knows of anything untoward alleged to have occured between them should not serve on the jury.
The judge also said that “anybody with any connection with Limerick should indicate that before taking the oath”.
Mr Justice Carney said members of the serving jury must have the next four weeks available to them.
A jury of seven men and five women was then sworn in for the trial.
The first witness is due to give evidence in the case when the trial begins in earnest at 11.30am tomorrow morning.
More than 400 gardaí were involved in the investigation into the murder, led by now Chief Superintendent Anne Marie McMahon and Detective Inspector Jim Ryan who were in court this morning along with Superintendent John Scanlon of Roxboro Road Garda Station.
The book of evidence in the case is three volumes in length and contains 178 statements. It is the culmination of one of the largest Garda operations in the history of the State.