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Jury of alleged false imprisonment trial fail to reach decision

False imprisonment trial underway at Limerick Circuit Court

The jury of an alleged false imprisonment trial in Limerick Circuit Court have failed to reach an unanimous verdict.

Zachary Coughlan Ryan (39), who has an address at South Claughaun Road, Garryowen, denied falsely imprisoning Stephen Cusack (26) and Niall Reddan (23) between August 19 and 20, 2012.

Instructions are now being sought from the DPP in regard to a retrial after the jury – made up of six women and six men – failed to reach a majority decision earlier this week after a three week trial.

Mr Coughlan Ryan faced allegations that he, along with two other men, entered Mr Cusack’s home at Caisleann na hAbhainn on August 19, 2012. It is alleged that the men forced their way into the living room of the house before tying Mr Cusack and Mr Reddan’s hands with cable ties and removing them to a derelict house in Killonan, Castletroy in the back of a pick-up truck.

It is believed that the motive behind the alleged kidnapping was to secure money from Mr Cusack’s mother who is the Postmistress in Garryowen.

Mr Coughlan Ryan claimed that a detective had shown Mr Cusack a photograph 20 minutes prior to the formal identification process at Henry Street Garda Station.

After just over three-and-a-half hours of deliberation, the foreman for the jury announced that a unanimous or majority verdict could not be reached among the jury members.

John O Sullivan, prosecution, called for an adjournment until he could receive the relevant information from the DPP.

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