Jury begins second day of deliberation in Mark Nash trial

The jury is on its second day of deliberation in the trial of a man accused of a double murder in Grangegorman 18 years ago.

Jury begins second day of deliberation in Mark Nash trial

The jury is on its second day of deliberation in the trial of a man accused of a double murder in Grangegorman 18 years ago.

Mark Nash, with last addresses at Prussia Street and Clonliffe Road, Dublin denies killing Sylvia Shields and Mary Callanan in March 1997.

The trial heard 61-year-old Mary Callanan and 60-year-old Sylvia Shields were killed in sheltered accommodation attached to St Brendan's Psychiatric Hospital in March 1997.

There was evidence the women were stabbed and suffered serious genital injuries.

During the trial, the jury heard Mark Nash confessed to the killings in August of that year. He subsequently retracted the confession saying it had been produced by gardaí.

Another man, Dean Lyons, who died in the year 2000, also admitted to the killings. A charge was brought against him but was later dropped.

The case has been at trial for nearly three months. The jury began its deliberations yesterday – they will continue this afternoon.

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