The jury will resume this morning, having failed to reach a verdict, after almost five hours deliberation, in the trial for the alleged murder of Elaine O’Hara
The five women and seven men began their deliberations on Wednesday and returned to the Central Criminal Court yesterday for the 45th day of the architect’s trial.
The foreman handed a note to Mr Justice Tony Hunt as soon as the court sat. It contained a jury request for some of the exhibits in the case, but it also queried his privacy.
After reading the note, the judge told the foreman he appreciated his desire for privacy, but had to speak to him by name. He later asked the foreman if it was of some personal concern to him, and the foreman nodded.
The judge addressed the foreman again in the afternoon, after acquiring ‘the assistance of the parties’. “The place where your name appeared has been contacted and has agreed to remove all traces,” he said.
He told the jury that, strangely enough, the Juries Act didn’t have provision for such a protection, but said any jurors engaged in such important work should be allowed to approach their ‘difficult and delicate tasks’ without such concerns.
“I’ve made an order there’s to be no publication of anything to do with any of you,” he said, addressing all 12 members.
The jury had earlier requested all the knives in the case and a number of other exhibits be made available in the jury room.
The trial heard two knives were found in the basement of Mr Dwyer’s workplace in February 2014. A rusty blade had been found at Killakee when Ms O’Hara’s remains were discovered the previous September. Knives were also found in Vartry reservoir in Wicklow around that time.
The jury also asked for a runner and tracksuit bottoms found near Ms O’Hara’s remains, and a spade found elsewhere at Killakee. A backpack, hoodie, white vest and a bondage mask found in Vartry reservoir were also requested
They were provided with these but were not given a letter about smoking found in Mr Dwyer’s home. The judge explained it was a letter from Mr Dwyer’s son, Sennan McShea, but was not in the case because it had not been shown to Mr McShea in the witness box.
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