Farmer is accused of assaulting ex-partner of man he found dead
A farmer accused of assaulting the former partner of a man whose body he found in a slurry tank has been remanded on continuing bail but may face more serious charges.
Pat Quirke (44), of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, is accused of assaulting Mary Lowry (46), a widowed mother of three, causing her harm at Fawnagown, Tipperary town, between August 1 and 31, 2012.
The dairy farmer and father of two is also accused of burglary at Fawnagown, Tipperary town, and handling stolen goods at the same address on December 3, 2012.
Sergeant Cathal Godfrey applied for an adjournment at Tipperary District Court awaiting the directions of the DPP but said there may be recommendations for further, more serious, charges but added this could take up to two months.
Mr Quirke's solicitor, Colin Morrissey, appealed for a shorter adjournment because he said it was causing his client a lot of "pressure" having to come to court on numerous occasions.
The matter had already been adjourned at a previous court sitting in January but Judge Elizabeth McGrath adjourned it again until April, remanding Mr Quirke on continuing bail until that date. The alleged victim, Mary Lowry, is the former partner of Bobby Ryan (52), whose remains Mr Quirke found in a disused slurry tank on Mrs Lowry's land at Fawnagown on April 30 last year.
Mr Quirke had been leasing farmland from Mrs Lowry, whose husband Martin died in 2007. She had subsequently become involved in a relationship with Mr Ryan.
The father of two had been missing since June 3, 2011, when he left his home shortly after 6am to go to work at Killough Quarry near Thurles.
His body was discovered almost two years later by Mr Quirke who alerted gardai.