Jury fail to reach verdict in murder trial over man found dead in wardrobe

Friday 07 February 2014 20.45
Christopher Jackson's body was discovered in Dublin in September 2012
Christopher Jackson's body was discovered in Dublin in September 2012

A Central Criminal Court jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a Dublin man charged with the murder of a 53-year-old man whose body was found wrapped up in a wardrobe.

The jury of three women and nine men had been deliberating for more than five hours over two days before the foreman told Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan that the jury required further instruction.

Anthony Locke, 36, of Prussia Street, Dublin had pleaded not guilty to murdering Christopher Jackson, 53, on the 7 September 2012.

Brother of the accused, Bernard Locke, 41, Ramillies Rd, Ballyfermot, is awaiting sentence after pleading guilty last week to the murder of Mr Jackson.

Mr Justice Sheehan explained that if the jury could not come to a majority verdict, the decision would have to be taken as a disagreement.

When the jury could not come to a majority verdict, Mr Justice Sheehan thanked the jury for their care with the case and exempted them from further jury service for a period of five years.

"I am grateful for your patience in coming to your decision which is a disagreement. Thank you for your care with the case."

Mr Justice Sheehan remanded Anthony Locke in custody saying the case will be placed on the court list.