THE man accused of murdering rugby player Shane Geoghegan more than two years ago will be retried early next year.
January 16, 2012 has been set as the date for the retrial of Barry Doyle after a jury failed to reach verdict last week.
The father-of-three, who is accused of shooting the Garryowen rugby captain five times in November 2008, will remain in custody until the next trial.
Last week, following a month-long trial (including two weeks of legal argument) at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin the jury failed to agree a verdict.
The foreman, representing the jury of five men and five women, informed the presiding judge that they could not reach a verdict that they could all agree upon following their fourth day of deliberations.
Earlier, two jurors were discharged by Mr Justice Paul Carney which meant the option of a majority verdict was not open to the remaining jurors.
Barry Doyle, with addresses at Portland Row, Dublin and Hyde Road, Limerick, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Geoghegan at Clonmore, Kilteragh, on November 9, 2008.
The four-week trial, heard that Mr Doyle confessed to the murder during recorded interviews while in custody at Bruff Garda Station following his arrest at 106 Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston, in February 2009.
Lawyers representing Barry Doyle argued that he had been coerced into making the admissions by “threats” and “inducements” which were made by detectives during garda interviews.
According to the prosecution, Doyle had lay in wait to ambush Shane Geoghegan with “gun in hand and murder in mind”, believing his victim was somebody else.
“It was a cowardly killing but it was also a ruthless, determined and cold-blooded one,” Sean Guerin, SC, said of the murder of the 28-year-old aircraft mechanic in a case of mistaken identity.