Man cleared of garden shears murder of intruder he found in his Dublin home
A 20-year-old man has been cleared of murdering a trespasser in his home by stabbing him with half a garden shears.
It was the first murder case defended under the Defence and the Dwelling Act.
The Central Criminal Court heard that Dubliner Martin Keenan and his wife had returned home to find two strangers in their bedroom in June 2016.
The defendant claimed that Wesley Mooney had attacked him, and that he (the accused) had picked up the nearest object and hit him with it.
The jury heard that the law gave latitude to homeowners protecting their property.
It also heard that the accused was a member of the Travelling community, with his barrister stating that Travellers could be victims of burglaries and trespass too.
The verdict came just minutes after the judge assured the jury that the rest of the case would be conducted in semi-private , due to two jurors being approached by an individual asking how the trial was going.
Keenan, of Cardiffsbridge Avenue in Finglas, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to murdering 33-year-old Mooney at St Joseph's Park halting site, Dunsink Lane, north Dublin on June 5, 2016.Source: Google News