Coolock murder trial jury to resume deliberations tomorrow

A jury will resume its deliberations tomorrow morning in the trial of a Dublin man charged with murdering another man as he was walking to work.

Coolock murder trial jury to resume deliberations tomorrow

A jury will resume its deliberations tomorrow morning in the trial of a Dublin man charged with murdering another man as he was walking to work.

Lukasz Rzeszutko (aged 27) was found unconscious on October 2, 2010 outside his workplace in the Newtown Industrial Estate in Coolock. The Polish native had been due to start his shift at 4.30am, the time he was discovered.

He had multiple skull fractures with severe brain injury, and brain matter was protruding from his nostrils. He died in hospital two days later.

Martin Morgan (aged 20) of Tonlegee Road, Raheny has pleaded not guilty to murdering the young man, but guilty to his manslaughter. However, the DPP did not accept this plea and he went on trial at the Central Criminal Court charged with murder.

Two other Dublin men were also charged with murdering Lukasz Rzeszutko and entered the same pleas as Morgan.

Stephen Byrne (aged 18) of St Donagh’s Road, Donaghmede; and Morgan’s cousin, Edward Byrne, (aged 21) of Cabra Park, Cabra had their pleas to manslaughter accepted by the DPP. They will be sentenced later.

It is the State’s case that Mr Morgan stamped on and/or kicked the deceased in the head and intended to kill him or cause serious injury.

The jury of seven women and five men began deliberating on Monday. They were given the option of reaching a majority verdict today, and had deliberated for five and a half hours in total before going home for the night.

The foreman told Mr Justice Barry White that they hadn’t reached a verdict, but that they were working towards a resolution and would reconvene this morning.

Mr Justice White then told them that juries had a right to disagree, but the foreman declined this offer.

“Further time would be of assistance and would be greatly appreciated,” he replied.

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