Jury in Louth murder trial to resume deliberations

Jury sent home after deliberating for over nine hours

Natasha Reid


Natasha Reid

The road leading into Ravensdale

The road leading into Ravensdale

THE jury will resume deliberations tomorrow morning in the trial of a 34-year-old Dubliner, charged with murdering two men, who were on their way to sell him a car they’d stolen.

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 in Co Louth on March 7, 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 six-week trial heard that they had left their homes to travel north to sell O’Driscoll a Volkswagen Golf they had stolen in Sandymount that morning. 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.

The seven men and five women of the jury began deliberating on Tuesday, with Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy telling them that their verdict must be unanimous.

They had deliberated for nine and a half hours before being sent home this evening. They will resume their deliberations tomorrow morning (Friday, December 8).