Sunday 22 October 2017

'I hit Anne with hammer' – what accused told wife

Court hears how Roy Webster's wife fell to her knees when he revealed killing

Roy Webster who was charged with her murder Picture: Collins
Roy Webster who was charged with her murder Picture: Collins

Andrew Phelan

Murder accused Roy Webster broke down in tears in front of gardaí and his wife as he confessed: "I hit her with a hammer."

Mr Webster (39) explained how he killed 47-year-old Anne Shortall, while sitting at a table in his home to discuss her disappearance, a court was told.

The Central Criminal Court heard Ms Shortall had been missing for four days at the time. His wife Sinéad asked him if he had anything extra to tell them. "Did you hurt her?" she asked softly, before he admitted what he had done.

Sinéad dropped to her knees and gasped, her baby in her arms, when Mr Webster then revealed that the body was in his workshop at the back of their home.

Mr Webster of Ashbree, Ashford, Co Wicklow, has denied murdering Ms Shortall on April 3, 2015, at The Murrough, Co Wicklow.

Det Sgt Fergus O'Brien said he called to Mr Webster's home on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

"(Mrs Webster) spoke softly to him, she said 'did you hurt her?' He hesitated, his head was down, he started to cry," he said.

"Sinéad said to him, much more directly and forcefully, 'Did you hit her, Roy?'

"His head was down and he started to cry and he said 'I did'.

"And then Sinéad said 'with what?' He said 'I hit her with a hammer'."

Irish Independent

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