THE jury in the High Court defamation action by former junior minister Paudie Coffey has failed to reach a verdict.
Following nearly 11 hours of deliberation over two days, the foreman of the jury of eight men and four women said they were unable to reach a majority verdict. Before they were sent home on Friday, they were told by Mr Justice Bernard Barton they could reach a minimum majority verdict of nine to three.
When they returned on Tuesday, they spent nearly six more hours deliberating after which the foreman told the court they were unable to reach a verdict.
The foreman also said there was “no prospect of us reaching a majority verdict, you honour”.
The judge adjourned the case to a future list to fix jury trial dates and said costs will be dealt with in next case.