The jury in the trial of a vehicle testing company accused of failing to notice bus defects on a school bus involved in a fatal road accident in Co Offaly almost six years ago has been sent home for the evening.

Michael White, 15, died on 4 April 2006 when the back axle came off the school bus and it crashed on a bog road outside Clara in Co Offaly.

David O'Reilly, acting on behalf of vehicle testing company O'Reilly Commercials Limited of Ballinalack, Mullingar, Co Westmeath has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four charges of failing to note or verify defects and modifications on the bus between 5 August and 6 August 2005.

After five weeks of evidence, the jury of ten men and two women began their deliberations shortly after 2pm this afternoon.