Jury discharged in Limerick murder trial

Legal issue halts case

Jury discharged in Limerick murder trial

Ger Hogan (top) and Dylan Hayes (bottom) have pleaded not guilty to murdering Shane Murphy on April 30, 2015

The  jury in the trial of two Limerick men accused of murdering another man two years ago has been discharged at the Central Criminal Court.

Dylan Hayes, aged 22, of The Crescent, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle and Ger Hogan, aged 33, of Raheen Square, Ballinacurra Weston were rearraigned this Thursday afternoon.

They pleaded not guilty to the murder of 26-year-old Shane Murphy at The Grove, Pallasgreen, on April 30, 2015 and a new jury was sworn in.

Discharging the original jury, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy thanked the five women and seven men for their service and exempted them from further jury duty for ten years.

He explained to the jurors that a legal issue had arisen that meant he could not continue the trial.

The new jury of seven men and five women will begin hearing evidence this afternoon.

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