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Jury in Mark Nash double murder return guilty verdict in historic case

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The jury in the Mark Nash double murder trial has returned a guilty verdict after a lengthy trial.

The prosecution counsel last week concluded his closing speech to a murder trial jury by saying that if the accused is not the person who carried out two killings in March 1997 he is a "most unfortunate person."

Counsel for the State, Mr Brendan Grehan SC concluded his closing speech where he told the jury of six men and five women that if the prosecution team are wrong and the accused Mark Nash is not the person who "carried out two murders on the night in question. 

Mark Nash (42), who has last addresses at Prussia Street and Clonliffe Road in Dublin, pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the murder of Sylvia Shields (60) and Mary Callanan (61) between March 6 and March 7, 1997.
 
However, the jury today returned a guilty verdict. 
 
The trial heard the two women were living in sheltered accommodation in a house attached to St Brendan’s Psychiatric Hospital in Grangegorman at the time of their murders.