Trial over murder of John Paul McDonagh, 18, in Enniskillen ‘street battle’ adjourned

Trial over homicide of John Paul McDonagh, 18, in Enniskillen ‘road battle’ adjourned

A trial centring on the demise of 18-year outdated John Paul McDonagh has been adjourned in the present day.

r Justice Rooney is presiding over the homicide trial, which is being held in Dungannon Crown Courtroom, sitting in Belfast.

He knowledgeable the jury on Thursday that as a result of authorized arguments, the listening to is not going to sit for the remainder of this week.

Joseph Joyce, with an tackle at Abercorn Street in Derry, has been charged with murdering Mr McDonagh throughout what the Crown described as a “full-scale road battle” in Enniskillen in April 2020.

In addition to murdering Mr McDonagh, Joyce has been charged with – and has denied – wounding the deceased’s brother Gerard McDonagh with intent, possessing two separate weapons in a public place, and combating and making an affray.

Two different males are standing trial alongside Joyce on fees arising from the road struggle.

Gerard Christopher McDonagh – a brother of the deceased – was charged with 4 offences.

The 26-year outdated, from Lisnafin Park in Strabane, has denied trying to trigger grievous bodily hurt to Joseph Joyce on April 11, 2020, possessing each a knife and spade on the identical date and affray.

A 3rd co-accused, who cannot be named as he’s a youth, is being tried on 4 counts, together with possessing a knife and trying to wound Joseph Joyce.

A jury of six males and 6 ladies have already been proven CCTV of the deadly incident, which occurred at round 8pm within the Coolcullen Meadow space of the Co Fermanagh city on April 11, 2020.

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Mr McDonagh bled to demise after being struck on the leg by a scythe-like weapon brandished by Joyce. Following his arrest, the 32-year outdated denied the homicide cost and claimed he was appearing in self-defence.

Extra proof was anticipated to be heard in the present day – however after authorized purposes have been launched, a choice to adjourn the case till subsequent week was taken.

Mr Justice Rooney addressed the jury and stated that as a result of authorized arguments, the trial was not able to proceed on Thursday.

The senior decide stated that as time was wanted to think about these arguments, the providers of the jury wouldn’t be required for a number of days.

Mr Justice Rooney then advised the jurors to return to Laganside Courts subsequent Wednesday, when it’s hoped the listening to will resume.

He additionally issued a warning to not conduct any on-line analysis, and to disregard any media experiences relating to the case.

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