Jury at Shane Geoghegan murder trial is discharged

Petula Martyn

Reporter:

Petula Martyn

THE jury has been discharged at the Shane Geoghegan murder trial which was due to get underway at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin this morning.

THE jury has been discharged at the Shane Geoghegan murder trial which was due to get underway at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin this morning.

It followed an application for the prosecution made by Superintendent John Scanlon of Roxboro Road Garda Station before the trial was due to get underway.

Mr Justice Paul Carney told the seven men and five women of the jury who were empanelled yesterday, that “for reasons I’m not going to go into, I have to discharge you from further dealing with this case”.

The jurors were told their jury service is complete and they do not have to attend court tomorrow when a new jury will be sworn in for the trial.

Barry Doyle, 25, with addresses at Portland Row, Dublin 1, and Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, yesterday pleaded not guilty to murdering the 28-year-old in Clonmore, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, on November 9, 2008.

He was in court for this morning’s brief sitting to see the jury discharged.

Members of Shane Geoghegan’s family, including his mother Mary, had travelled to Dublin expecting to hear the opening evidence in the trial.

Mr Justice Carney adjourned the trial until 11am tomorrow when the first witness is expected to give evidence.

The investigation into the murder of the Garryowen rugby player involved more than 400 gardai led by now Chief Superintendent Anne Marie McMahon and Detective Inspector Jim Ryan who were in court this morning along with Superintendent John Scanlan 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 operation in the history of the State.