Jury in double murder trial fails to reach verdict

The DPP must now decide whether to seek a retrial

Jury in double murder trial fails to reach verdict

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The jury in the trial of a Dublin man accused of a double murder in County Louth has failed to reach a verdict.

Jason O'Driscoll from Richmond Avenue in Fairview in Dublin denied murdering two car thieves in March 2012.

The prosecution never suggested Jason O’Driscoll shot Anthony Burnett and Joseph Redmond – two men described as “low-level criminals” from Dublin.

It was their case that he was at the scene, at Ravensdale Park just outside Dundalk, on the night they were killed - March 7th 2012 - and was therefore a participant.

It was claimed he had arranged to meet them with a view to buying a car they had stolen from outside a house on the south side of Dublin.

The men were both shot in the head as they sat in the front of the car and it was set alight afterwards.

All of the evidence against Mr O’Driscoll was circumstantial.

The jury heard about phone records allegedly linking him to the victims and CCTV footage showing a car supposedly “escorting” the stolen VW Golf shortly before it was set on fire.

In the end, the jurors couldn’t reach agreement and they were discharged after deliberating for over 11 hours.

The DPP will now have to decide whether she should pursue a retrial.