Mur­der trial jury to re­sume de­lib­er­a­tions

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - News -

THE jury in the trial of a man ac­cused of stran­gling the mother of his two chil­dren to death will re­sume its de­lib­er­a­tions to­mor­row.

The seven men and five women in the Danny Keena mur­der trial panel con­sid­ered a ver­dict for two hours and 11 min­utes on Fri­day when Mr Jus­tice Pa­trick McCarthy told them to sus­pend de­lib­er­a­tions for the week­end.

Danny Keena (55) is charged with the mur­der of his es­tranged part­ner Brigid Maguire (43) at her home in Co West­meath.

Mr Jus­tice Pa­trick McCarthy con­cluded de­liv­er­ing his charge to jurors on Fri­day. He said there are two ver­dict op­tions: not guilty of mur­der but guilty of man­slaugh­ter; or guilty of mur­der. Mr Keena ad­mits he stran­gled Ms Maguire to death but de­nies mur­der. His rep­re­sen­ta­tives are ar­gu­ing provo­ca­tion, say­ing he was “out of his mind” af­ter Ms Maguire told him he was a bad fa­ther.

The ac­cused, Danny Keena, of Em­por, Bal­ly­nacargy, Co West­meath, pleads not guilty to mur­der­ing Brigid Maguire of Main Street, Bal­ly­nacargy on Novem­ber 14, 2015. Their daugh­ter, Jade, found her dead in her bed­room at the rented house, to which they had moved af­ter leav­ing the fam­ily home weeks ear­lier.

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