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Sunday 22 October 2017

DPP insists that Joel case retrial will still go ahead

THE DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has refused a request from the defendants in the Evelyn Joel case to reconsider a retrial.

The DPP has decided that a new trial into the unlawful killing of a grandmother, Evelyn Joel, will go ahead.

Eleanor Joel (37) of 37 Cluain Dara, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, and her partner, Jonathan Costen (39) also of 37 Cluain Dara, Enniscorthy, had pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of 59-year-old Evelyn Joel on January7, 2006.

An 11-person jury last December at Wexford Circuit Court could not reach a verdict after three-and-ahalf hours of deliberation, saying they were deadlocked. The trial lasted 18 days and both accused have been remanded on continuing bail with the matter adjourned awaiting a decision from the DPP.

When the case came before Judge Thomas Teehan at Wexford Circuit Court, Defence Counsel, Rosario Boyle, S.C. told the court the accused wrote through her solicitor, Ms. Breen, to the DPP asking the Director of Public Prosecutions to reconsider the decision to have a retrial.

Ms Boyle also told the court that Ms Breen had received a telephone call from the DPP office to say the trial would be proceeding. However, a letter to that affect, has not been received yet.

'We need time to consider other matters such as transfer of the trial to Dublin,' she said.

Ms Boyle told the court that she would move applications before the court on Friday next.

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