Jury starts deliberating on Limerick murder today


THE JURY in a double Limerick murder trial is to start its deliberations this morning.

The 13-day trial reached its closing stages at the Central Criminal Court and, after both prosecution and defence counsel’s closing speeches, the jury was charged by Mr Justice George Birmingham.

Mr Justice Birmingham sent the jury of six men and six women home for the evening and told them he would continue his charge this morning and will send them out to deliberate their verdicts after that.

Desmond Kelly (23) and Breda Waters (28) were shot dead in a house in O’Malley Park in Limerick on January 9, 2011, at about 9am.

First cousins Patrick O’Brien (33) of Glanntan, Golflinks Road, Castletroy, Limerick, and Thomas Stewart (29) of The Cedar, Briarfield, Castletroy, Limerick, have both pleaded not guilty to the murders of Mr Kelly and Ms Waters on January 9th, 2011 at O’Malley Park in Limerick.