Gardaí are to carry out a second investigation into an allegation of jury tampering in a high-profile midlands trial.
Circuit Court Judge Tony Hunt gave gardaí six weeks to investigate the allegation arising from what is claimed to be "new material" provided by a convicted pig farmer.
Donal Connaughton, 55, was convicted by a jury last December of a number of charges relating to an incident at his farm in April 2010 during which he ordered two repossession men to strip and get into a pen with an "agitated" boar.
The farmer, from Elfleet, Newtowncashel, Co Longford was found guilty of two counts of false imprisonment, two charges of threatening to cause serious harm, one count of assault and one count of criminal damage.
He was found not guilty of one charge of assault by the jury at Longford Circuit Criminal Court.
His wife, Margaret, 53, was found not guilty of all six charges that she appeared on before the same court.
Prior to the sitting of Longford Circuit Court sitting in Tullamore, sentencing had twice been scheduled, but was adjourned as a result of defence applications.
Last February Donal Connaughton sought to have a mistrial declared because of "evidence" he said he had in relation to jury misconduct.
The matter was adjourned to June to allow the DPP to investigate the matter and on that occasion the prosecution told Judge Hunt that nothing had arisen from the garda investigation. But an adjournment was granted to today as a new legal team had just been appointed and needed time to consider the case.
At today's hearing defence solicitor, Patricia Cronin told Judge Hunt that she was making an application which was not being opposed by the prosecution.
Donal Keane SC, appearing for the Director of Public Prosecutions, said that material had been supplied by Donal Connaughton to the DPP in respect of an allegation of jury tampering.
While gardai had carried out an investigation previously into Mr Connaughton's allegation, it appeared that they had not been provided with full information.
Mr Keane said he wanted to know if this was the full extent of Mr Connaughton's material.
While gardai would consider all relevant information, he wanted to know if it was "all cards on the table".
Judge Hunt said he was also wondering about the drip-feed of information at strategic times. He needed to know if Mr Connaughton had the information all along or was it something new. Ms Cronin said she had no instructions in that regard.
The judge said that the verdict in respect of the convictions and acquittals in the case had been very clear.
The jury had taken a very careful approach and there had been "unusually strong information" presented before they brought in their verdicts.
He expressed his reservations that "a game" was being played in order to postpone "the evil day".
Judge Hunt added: "I'm getting very fatigued with the sight of this case. This is the last look". The case was adjourned for six weeks to allow the garda investigation take place.