Jury selected for case of body found in refuse chute

A jury of seven women and five men was sworn in yesterday for the trial of a man accused of murdering a homeless man whose body was discovered in a refuse chute of an apartment building in May 2013.

David O’Loughlin, aged 28, with an address at Garden City Apartments, North Main St, Cork, was arraigned on one count at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork yesterday.

He replied “not guilty” to the charge of murdering Liam Manley, aged 59, at Garden City Apartments on May 12, 2013.

Prosecution senior counsel Seán Gillane said before the jury was sworn in that it was anticipated that there would be six to seven days of evidence in the trial.

After the swearing in of the jury, defence senior counsel Brendan Nix asked for some time to discuss matters in the case with the prosecution and asked for the commencement of the trial to be put back until 11am today .

As the court usually sits from Tuesday to Friday when in Cork and with St Patrick’s Day falling on next Tuesday, it is possible that the trial of Mr O’Loughlin will go into a third week.

A number of people called from the jury panel to be sworn in as jurors asked to be excused because of particular work being undertaken that required their attendance at their jobs. Mr Justice Carney said employers were obliged to pay employees in full when they were on jury service and that failure to do so could see them found in contempt of court, and facing possible imprisonment.

However, when the individuals asked to be excused for various particular reasons yesterday, the judge agreed. He also agreed to excuse a final-year student who felt he could not commit to giving the required amount of time to the trial.

It was widely reported that the Mr Manley’s body was discovered in the chute at the apartment complex on May 13, 2013.


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