A jury in the trial of a Dublin man charged with murder were sent to a hotel for the night after failing to reach a verdict, at the Central Criminal Court today.
Brian Rattigan (aged 28), Cooley Rd, Drimnagh, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Declan Gavin (aged 21) Mourne Rd, Driminagh, at Crumlin Rd, Crumlin on August 25, 2001.
It is the prosecution’s case that Mr Rattigan got out of a Nissan Micra that pulled up outside Abrakebabra fast food outlet at the Crumlin shopping centre before he "made for Declan Gavin" with a knife.
The jury of seven men and four women had been deliberating for four hours before informing Mr Justice George Birmingham they had not yet reached a verdict.
Mr Justice Birmingham told the jury before they began deliberating that at this stage he could only accept a unanimous verdict in which all eleven jurors were in agreement.
The jury will resume their deliberations in the morning.