Jury Discharged As Evidence Doesn’t Meet Standards

Written 5 days ago by Hannah Murphy

A jury has been discharged after the Judge said evidence didn’t meet a required standard.

The hearing at Portlaoise Circuit Court related to charges of stolen boat engines at Knocklead, Timahoe in 2015.

Brian Foley from Adlam, Ridge Road in Portlaoise pleaded not guilty to possessing three outboard engines on June 2015, three years ago.

The jury heard yesterday the prosecution followed a search at a premises led by Detective Garda Michael O’Donovan.

A total of 74 engines had been seized and following a public appeal, a Westmeath man said he owned two of them and an Offaly man said he owned one.

KK Kenny from Ferbane, said in evidence he thought one of the outboard motors had been stolen from his boat.

Mullingar man Patrick Gray said he would be confident two of the motors were his because he recognised mechanical work which had been carried out on them.

Mr Kenny said he had signed a statement at Banagher Garda Station when he reported the theft but the trial was told it could not be located.

While, Mr Gray said he had not reported the theft because he did not think there was a possibility of getting the motors back.

Judge Johnson said one witness saying he thinks the property was his and another saying he was confident two engines were his, did not meet the standard for a criminal prosecution.