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Jury unable to reach verdict in Salvation Army hostel manslaughter trial

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a former officer in the Irish police accused of killing a drunk man by pushing him out of a lift at a Salvation Army hostel.

Oliver Hurley, 64, allegedly shoved Manolito Chando, 56, so hard he lifted him off his feet during a confrontation at the home close to London's Westminster Abbey.

The prosecution had alleged Mr Chando was drunk and unsteady on his feet before the incident at about 8pm on March 24 last year which was caught on CCTV.

Following Mr Chando's death in hospital days later, the former garda, who survived by playing his flute on the streets, was charged with manslaughter.

The defendant had rejected a lawyer and opted to represent himself at the Old Bailey with help from his brother Maurice, a retired teacher from Dublin.

Hurley denied pushing Mr Chando very hard and causing his fatal brain injury, and claimed he acted in lawful self defence.

The jury deliberated for more than 13 hours but was unable to reach a verdict by a majority of at least 10.

Judge Rebecca Poulet QC discharged the jurors and allowed the prosecution time to consider whether to apply for a retrial.

She "strenuously" advised Hurley to apply for legal representation in the future.

Hurley was granted conditional bail until the case returns to the Old Bailey on October 23.

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