Jury to begin deliberating in Louth double murder trial on Monday
A jury is expected to begin deliberating on Monday in the trial of a 34-year-old Dubliner, charged with murdering two car thieves in Louth almost six years ago.
Jason O’Driscoll, with an address at Richmond Avenue, Fairview, has pleaded not guilty to murdering 31-year-old Anthony Burnett and 25-year-old Joseph Redmond at Ravensdale on March 7th, 2012.
The Central Criminal Court trial has heard that firefighters were called to a burning car in Ravensdale Forest Park shortly before 11 o'clock that night. Two bodies were discovered inside, with gunshot wounds to their heads.
The court heard that they had left their homes to travel north to sell O’Driscoll a Volkswagen Golf they had stolen. It’s the State’s case that the accused had attended and participated in their ‘assassination’ at Ravensdale.
However, the defence barrister raised the possibility that another person was responsible or that one of the deceased had betrayed the other, leading to someone else shooting them dead in the stolen car.
Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy began charging the seven men and five women of the jury on Thursday. He spent most of Friday summarising the six-week trial, and will continue his charge on Monday, when the jury is expected to begin deliberations.