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The jury will resume its deliberations when the court reconvenes today. (stock photo)

The jury will resume its deliberations when the court reconvenes today. (stock photo)

The jury will resume its deliberations when the court reconvenes today. (stock photo)

The jury has begun deliberating in the trial of three Dublin men who are alleged to have raped a woman and left her in the middle of nowhere.

The three men, who are now in their early 20s and who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping a woman at Bull Island, Dollymount, Dublin, on January 5, 2016.

The trial heard that the then 18-year-old woman was allegedly driven to Dollymount Strand, raped by three men in turn and then left in the middle of nowhere.

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The three men were all teenagers at the time of the alleged offences.

Their lawyers told the jury that the woman had initiated sex and had consented.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Alexander Owens completed his charge before the jury began its deliberations.

Due to the developing national coronavirus situation, the jury deliberated in an empty courtroom rather than the smaller jury room as would be the usual practice.

The jury will resume its deliberations when the court reconvenes today.