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Saturday 21 July 2018

Jury in Bradley murder trial asks to see evidence

The jury wanted clarification over a verdict for Dean Bradley
The jury wanted clarification over a verdict for Dean Bradley
Paul Bradley
Jason Bradley
Ryan Bradley
Neil Reilly

A jury will return today to the Central Criminal Court to consider its verdicts in the trials of two brothers and their father accused of murdering a gunman after he fired at their home.

Paul Bradley (54) and his sons Jason (20) and Dean (24), of Liscarne Gardens, Dublin 22, have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Neil Reilly (36) at Esker Glebe in Lucan, Dublin on January 18, 2017.

A third brother, Ryan Bradley (18), was acquitted of murder by direction of the judge.

The six women and five men have spent more than four hours considering their verdicts. After less than two hours they returned to court with a number of questions.

Manslaughter

They wanted to see the garda statements of three witnesses who gave evidence in the trial, the clothes the accused men were wearing on the night, CCTV footage of the Bradley home, and clarification on a possible manslaughter verdict for Dean Bradley.

Mr Justice Paul Coffey told the jurors they were not entitled to garda statements but the evidence given by the witnesses in court could be read over to them. The clothes and CCTV footage were given to them.

During the six-week long trial, the jury heard that Jason Bradley owed Mr Reilly more than €9,000 for drugs. Mr Reilly, having previously broken into the Bradley home, fired two shots at their house in the early hours of the morning on January 18 last year.

The Bradleys pursued him in an SUV driven by Paul Bradley with Jason as a passenger and a BMW driven by Dean Bradley.

The prosecution says that Paul and Jason caught up with Mr Reilly at Esker Glebe and Jason beat him to death with a sharp chopping implement.

The prosecution further alleges that Paul Bradley was involved in a joint enterprise with Jason and shared his intention to kill or cause serious injury to Mr Reilly.

Jason Bradley's barrister Michael Bowman SC told the jury that there is evidence that he was provoked by Mr Reilly's actions to the point where he lost all self-control and should be found guilty of manslaughter, not murder.

Brendan Grehan SC, for Paul Bradley, asked the jury to acquit, saying that to find him guilty would be to blame him for Jason's actions.

Dean Bradley has admitted that his BMW struck and drove over Mr Reilly, but his barrister Matthias Kelly SC said this was an accident due to Dean's poor eyesight.

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