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25th Apr 2022

New date set for retrial of teenager accused of murdering Urantsetseg Tserendorj

Ellen Fitzpatrick

He will go on trial again at the end of the year.

The teenager who has been accused of murdering mother-of-two Urantsetseg Tserendorj in Dublin last year will go on trial for the second time later this year.

The 16 year old boy, who cannot be named as he is a minor, was charged with the murder which occurred on 20 January, 2021 at around 9.30pm.

Urantsetseg was stabbed as she walked home from work on a walkway between George’s Dock and Custom House Quay in the IFSC, Dublin and died two weeks later from her injuries at the Mater Hospital.

The boy accused will stand trial for the second time at the Central Criminal Court on October 24th, 2022 where he will stand before a jury.

Earlier this month, a jury failed to reach a verdict in the teenager’s first trial, leading to the need for a second.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the murder of Urantsetseg but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on 29 January, 2021, in which the State did not accept his plea.

The boy also pleaded guilty to producing a knife and to attempting to rob Urantsetseg.

As the Mirror reported at the time of his trial, his lawyers have argued that he was trying to rob her rather than kill her. They have argued that he did not intend to cause serious harm, and asked the jury to find him guilty of manslaughter rather than murder.

The jury then spent over eight hours considering the verdict and, following “multiple reviews”, they were unable to deliver a verdict.

Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring had told them that they would be able to deliver a verdict if ten of them agreed. The judge then thanked them for their service and acknowledged that it was a very difficult case.