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Jury deliberations ongoing in Dublin sisters' murder trial

Published 27/10/2006

The jury in the trial of two sisters accused of murdering their mother's boyfriend and dumping his headless remains in the Royal Canal will resume deliberations later today after failing to reach a verdict at the Central Criminal Court.

Twenty-three-year-old Charlotte Mulhall and her 31-year-old sister Linda, of Kilcare Gardens, Tallaght, have each pleaded not guilty to the murder of 38-year-old Kenyan Farah Swaleh Noor in March of last year.

The jury sought clarification from the trial judge Mr Justice Paul Carney about the legal definitions of defence of provocation and self-defence during the course of their deliberations yesterday.

Meanwhile, a jury that acquitted one of two men accused of an assault which resulted in the victim being confined to a wheelchair will resume deliberations in the case of the second accused later today.

Twenty-year-old Murray Cummings, of Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, was found not guilty by the jury last night after some seven hours of deliberations and discharged from the court.

Judge White sent the jury of 12 men to a hotel for a second consecutive night after it failed to return a verdict in the case of 21-year-old Eoin Hogan, of Ballyogan Wood, Carrickmines.

Both men denied intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to 22-year-old David Fox at Taney Road, Dundrum, in August of 2002.

The jury has been asked to return with a majority verdict.

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