Jury discharged in trial of man accused of throwing acid in pool player’s face

John Cross of St Lawrence's Park, Garryowen, who was charged with causing serious harm to Ian Pickford.

THE jury in the trial of a man charged with intentionally or recklessly causing harm to another man by throwing acid in his face was discharged today (Thursday January 25).

John Cross (35), of St Lawrence’s Park, Garryowen, Limerick, has pleaded not guilty to one count of intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Ian Pickford, a well-known Irish pool player.

The State alleges that Mr Cross threw a quantity of sulphuric acid into Mr Pickford’s face during a house party in the early hours of June 14, 2020.

As a result of allegedly throwing the substance at Mr Pickford, the State claims Mr Pickford suffered harm in the nature of a serious disfigurement to his face.

Mr Cross has pleaded not guilty before Limerick Circuit Criminal Court to the single charge against him.

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This morning (Thursday), on the first day of the trial, Judge Dermot Sheehan told the jury that matters had arisen which they did not need to concern themselves with and he was discharging them from the case.

Judge Sheehan remanded Mr Cross on continuing bail and adjourned the case to February 8 for trial.