A Central Criminal Court jury has returned no verdict in the trial of a 16-year-old boy accused of murdering Urantsetseg Tserendorj during a winter lockdown in 2021.
The teenager had accepted that he had stabbed Ms. Tserendorj in the neck and caused her death, but his lawyers argued that he was trying to rob her and had no intention of killing her or causing serious harm. They asked the jury to find him guilty of manslaughter rather than murder.
The jury, who spent more than eight hours considering their verdict, returned yesterday afternoon and said they could not agree on a verdict after “multiple reviews” of the evidence.
They had been told by the trial judge, Ms. Judge Mary Ellen Ring, that if 10 of them agreed, they could reach a verdict.
Ms Justice Ring said it was a difficult case and thanked the jury for their service.
The case goes back to the list of the Central Criminal Court.
The defendant, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms Tserendorj but her manslaughter on January 29, 2021. The state did not follow his plea. He also pleaded guilty to making a knife and attempting to rob Ms Tserendorj on a walkway between George’s Dock and Custom House Quay at the IFSC in Dublin on 20 January 2021.
The deceased’s husband, Ulambayar Surenkhor, testified at the trial. With the help of an interpreter, he said that he and his wife are from Mongolia. He moved to Ireland 16 years ago and she followed him nine months later.
They worked as cleaners in Dublin and their two children went to school in Ireland.
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