Jury discharged in Mountjoy murder trial

The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering Gary Douche in Mountjoy Prison two years ago has been discharged after it emerged that a jury member may have been from the same area as the victim.

The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering Gary Douche in Mountjoy Prison two years ago has been discharged after it emerged that a jury member may have been from the same area as the victim.

Mr Justice Paul Carney told the jury at the Central Criminal Court that one of its number might not have complied with warnings given to it at its swearing in yesterday.

Stephen Egan (aged 24) of Belcamp Crescent, Coolock, Dublin 5, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Douche at the prison on August 1, 2006.

Justice Carney told the jury that he had forced cases on in the past with eleven jury members but he had not been backed by the Court of Criminal Appeal which had accused him of breaching the European Convention of Human Rights.

"I don't propose to put myself in that position", he said.

Justice Carney discharged the jury and put the matter into the next list to fix dates.

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