Trial of man accused of Drogheda kidnapping collapses
The trial of a man accused of kidnapping a family as part of a €660,000 robbery has collapsed.
Jonathan Gill (35) is accused of a kidnapping a Drogheda postal worker, his partner and their 10-week- old baby daughter before robbing €660,000 from the man’s workplace.
The jury of seven men and five women had deliberated for a total of just over 14 hours since last Thursday following the month long trial.
On day five of it’s deliberations Judge Else Sheahan told the jury that due to information that has come to the court’s attention she was discharging the jury from it’s duty.
She said it was regrettable but inevitable that the case must come to an end, she said.
It is the State’s case that Mr Gill was one of a group of five who were involved in holding the family hostage in their own home before moving them to a shed about a 90-minute drive away.
Mr Gill of Malahide Road, Swords, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to falsely imprisoning Warren Nawn, Jean Marie Nawn and their ten-week- old baby in Drogheda between August 1 and August 2, 2011.
She remanded the accused on continuing bail until April 28.