Phones, cash stolen in raid on jury room

Brendan Furlong

GARDAI in Wexford town are investigating a daring robbery of a jury room during a trial in the local Circuit Court.

GARDAI in Wexford town are investigating a daring robbery of a jury room during a trial in the local Circuit Court.

The incident took place as the 12 jurors were hearing evidence in the trial of Teresa Wemys, of Ballycomclone, Gorey, who had pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing serious harm to Siobhan Darby at Raheenaskeagh, Oulart, Gorey, Co. Wexford, on March 14, 2008.

Having been asked to retire by Judge Barry Hickson to allow for legal argument, the jury members disovered that a lot of their personal belongings had been stolen from the jury room.

After a brief adjournment, Judge Hickson along with Prosecuting Counsel, Philip Sheahan, and Defence Counsel, David Bulbulia, were informed that the jury were anxious to continue with the trial.

Personal items belonging to the jurors, including wallets, handbags, cash and credit cards, were stolen during the raid.

During the course of the afternoon gardai carried out a full search of the jury room but it's still not known how the raider(s) made their entry from the hallway as the main door to the stairway has a time lock.

Following a search of areas surrounding the courthouse, some empty purses were found.

The search team of four gardai later interviewed jury members regarding the stolen property.

A spokesman for the gardai say their investigations are continuing into the robbery.

Ms Wemys was later on Friday afternoon found not guilty of dangerous driving causing harm with the jury later also returning a verdict of not guilty to the lesser charge of careless driving.

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