Murder trial jury to resume deliberations
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.