Jury deliberations to resume in trial over men found dead in burning car
The jury 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 had stolen will resume deliberations this morning.
Jason O’Driscoll, with an address at Richmond Avenue, Fairview, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Anthony Burnett (31) and Joseph Redmond (25) in Co Louth 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 11pm. Two bodies were discovered inside, with gunshot wounds to their heads.
The six-week trial heard they had left their homes to travel north to sell O’Driscoll a Volkswagen Golf they had stolen in Sandymount that morning. It is the State’s case that the accused 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.
Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy sent the seven men and five women of the jury out to begin deliberations on Tuesday, telling them their verdict must be unanimous.