No verdict yet in trial over murder of Offaly father of eight

Jury has been told it can consider lesser charge of manslaughter

No verdict yet in trial over murder of Offaly father of eight

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The jurors in the trial of a man accused of murdering a 47-year-old father of eight in Offaly have retired for a second night without reaching a verdict.

Ross Allen of Kilmonaghan Lodge in Clara, Co. Offaly, denies the murder of Christy Daly, whose body was found in a ditch near his home in January 2014.

A burnt out car - contained 9mm bullets similar to some spent bullets found at the scene - was found at a nearby quarry a few days beforehand.

The deceased's caravan and two cars were also burnt out close to where his body was discovered.

The prosecution believes Mr Daly was shot by two Dublin assassins after he came across a bag of drugs in a laneway near his caravan.

The jury has been told it can consider the lesser charge of manslaughter and can also return a majority verdict if a unanimous one cannot be reached.

Last week, Mr. Allen’s co-accused walked free after the DPP dropped the murder charge against him.