Dunphy 'central witness' in court case

A trial in which broadcaster Eamon Dumphy is a central witness has been adjourned until 2pm today at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court shortly after a jury was sworn in this morning.

A trial in which broadcaster Eamon Dumphy is a central witness has been adjourned until 2pm today at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court shortly after a jury was sworn in this morning.

Before the jury was sworn before Judge Michael White he told the jury panel that Mr Dumphy is a "central witness" in the trial of David Heatly (aged 25), of Devenish Road, Kimmage who is charged with making a false report at Harcourt Terrace garda station on April 30, 2003 intending to show an offence had been committed.

"If any of you have any strong views on Mr Dunphy that might prevent you from acting impartially as a juror, you should let me know before you are sworn in," Judge White told the jury panel.

He also told the panel that the trial also involves an incident that took place outside Cats Night Club on Leeson St, Dublin.

The jury of seven men and five women who were sworn in shortly afterwards then adjourned to Court 23 where trial judge Ms Elizabeth Dunne informed them that a witness that is "important to both the defence and the prosecution" was missing.

She said the trial had to be adjourned until the witness is located. She also informed the jury that the witness has been served with the appropriate witness orders and gardaí are now "trying to make contact with the individual".

She apologised to the jury for what she called an "inconvenience to everybody" and asked for their understanding and patience.

Mr Dunphy was not present in court for the swearing in of the jury nor when the jury was informed of the "missing witness".

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