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Tuesday 17 October 2017

No verdict reached in Rebecca French Criminal Court trial

A JURY at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin failed to agree a verdict last week in the trial of a Wexford woman accused of impeding the murder investigation into the death of Wexford mother Rebecca French.

The body of Ms French (30) was discovered in the boot of her burning car on October 9, 2009. She had been beaten to death and had died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

Helen Connors (25), with an address at Belvedere Grove, Wexford, had denied the charge.

After more than five hours of deliberation over two days, the jury of eight men and four women told Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan on Thursday last that they could not reach agreement.

Earlier in the day, following four hours of deliberation, Mr Justice Sheehan had directed the jury that they could return a majority verdict on the charge.

Mr Justice Sheehan put the case in for mention on June 27 and remanded Ms Connors in custody until then.

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