The trial of two brothers for the murder of 15-year-old Toyosi Shittabey in Blanchardstown last year will not go ahead today after the court was told one of the accused men had died.

Paul Barry, 39, from Pearse Street in Dublin, and his 24-year-old brother, Michael, were accused of the murder of the schoolboy on 2 April 2010.

Prosecuting Senior Counsel Brendan Grehan told the Central Criminal Court this morning that there had been developments.

Paul Barry's Senior Counsel, Patrick Gageby, told the court that Mr Barry had been taken to hospital this morning and he was instructed that he was deceased.

Mr Gageby said he only had this by word of mouth.

But Mr Grehan said he too had been told by gardaí that Mr Barry was dead.

Mr Justice Paul Carney directed that the indictment be marked that the accused was dead.

The judge was told that Paul Barry's co accused and brother, Michael, had been in court when he got a phone call telling him his brother was dying or deceased in St James's Hospital and he went straight there.

Michael Barry's case was adjourned to the next list to fix dates and he was remanded on continuing bail.