A 28-year-old Brazilian man is to go on trial in Brazil charged with the murder and robbery of an Irish businessman in Dublin almost nine years ago.

Statements from witnesses will be heard before a federal judge in a court in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, early next month as part of the prosecution of Lucas Ximenes Neves, from the Ceilandia area of the city.

He is accused of robbing and murdering 51-year-old John Maguire at his home at Ormond Square in Smithfield in Dublin in September 2013.

The body of Mr Maguire was found by a neighbour inside the door of his home on Ormond Square near Smithfield, on the afternoon of 23 September 2013. He had been stabbed a number of times.

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On 2 August, a federal judge in Brasilia will hear statements from a number of witnesses in relation to the murder and robbery charges.

He will also hear from two men who are accused of a related charge of receiving stolen goods.

It is expected the judge will hear from the Dublin-based witnesses remotely.

Brazil does not usually extradite its own citizens but will prosecute the person if the alleged offence for which extradition is sought would also be a violation of Brazilian law.

The maximum penalty for someone if they are convicted of homicide along with robbery is up to 30 years in prison.

It is very unusual for someone to go on trial in another country for an offence alleged to have been committed here.

In 2005, homeopathist, Christopher Newman, a British citizen born in India, was tried in a London court for the murder of 28-year-old Georgina Eager in Walkinstown in Dublin.

He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.