Belfast Telegraph

Murder trial jury still to decide

The jury in the trial of an architect accused of murdering a childcare worker has finished its second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict after requesting to examine several exhibits from the nine-week hearings.

Graham Dwyer, 42, from Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, south Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to the alleged murder of Elaine O'Hara before Ireland's Central Criminal Court.

Ms O'Hara's remains were found in the Dublin Mountains on September 13 2013.

The jury returned to court 13 in the Criminal Courts of Justice a number of times during their second day of deliberations to confirm they had yet to agree on a verdict.

They requested to see a running shoe found on Ms O'Hara's remains, as well as knives, a rucksack found in the Vartry reservoir in Co Wicklow and a spade, all linked to the case.

Later they asked to see a hoodie, a white vest, tracksuit bottoms and bondage mask, which are among exhibits already shown to the jury during the trial.

They also requested a larger screen to view one particular video.

Judge Tony Hunt told the jury he had put an order in place to ensure none of the seven men and five women were identified.

A newspaper where the surname of the jury foreman had appeared in a report had been contacted and told to remove all mention of him from its website, he said.

The judge said legislation ensuring jurors are not identified was in place a long time ago, but did not seem to have been included in later laws concerning the protection of a jury during trials.

He said he would speak to them again at the end of their deliberation about protecting their identities.

The jury have deliberated for 4 hours and 55 minutes.

Judge Hunt said if they do not conclude tomorrow they would have to come back on Monday.

Ms O'Hara was last seen on the day of her alleged murder, on August 22 2012, walking over a pedestrian railway bridge towards the sea, near Shanganagh cemetery, outside Shankill, south Dublin.

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