The jury trying two former IRA prisoners for an alleged blackmail plot against a couple of businessmen was sent home for a second night yesterday after failing to reach verdicts.
Ronald McCartney (55), and Nick Mullen (60), once accused of being a “quartermaster” for an IRA active service unit, are accused of warning the men to hand over £150,000 each “or face the consequences”.
McCartney, of Ross Road, Belfast, and Mullen, of Birlington Mews, west London, each deny two counts of conspiracy to blackmail between January, 1 and April 16, 2008. So, too, does co-defendant Louis O’Hara (43), of Collard Avenue, Loughton, Essex.
The jury of four women and seven men will resume its deliberations at London’s Southwark Crown Court today.