Jury de­lib­er­a­tions to re­sume in trial over men found dead in burn­ing car

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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.

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