A jury has been sworn in at the Central Criminal Court to try the case of a Mountjoy prisoner accused of murdering his cellmate.
Stephen Egan (aged 25) of Belcamp Crescent, Coolock, Dublin has pleaded not guilty to murdering 21-year-old Gary Douche at the prison on August 1, 2006.
Mr Justice George Bermingham told the jury of six men and six women that there would be an issue relating to Mr Egan’s mental capacity and possible diminished responsibility.
Earlier a juror indicated being a former visitor to the women’s prison at Mountjoy, but all sides agreed that this would not interfere with the case.
The trial will be officially opened to the jury this afternoon and is expected to last two days.