Tuesday 26 September 2017

Jury deliberations continue in Roy Webster murder trial

‘Frenzied attack’: Roy Webster Photo: Collins Courts
‘Frenzied attack’: Roy Webster Photo: Collins Courts

Andrew Phelan

Jury deliberations continue today in the Roy Webster murder trial, as the court heard that he was a "good man who did a bad thing" when he killed Anne Shortall after being pushed past his breaking point.

A defence lawyer said the case bore none of the hallmarks of a planned, cold-blooded murder but was instead a "frenzied attack" in which Mr Webster had "lost control".

Brendan Grehan SC was delivering his closing speech for the defence to the jury in the trial of Mr Webster (40).

The jury began its deliberations yesterday afternoon and was due to continue today.

The accused, a married father-of-two of Ashbree, Ashford, Co Wicklow, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Ms Shortall (47) on April 3, 2015, at The Murrough in Wicklow Town.

His plea was not accepted by the State.

The jury heard he beat the mother-of-three to death with a hammer in a confrontation after she claimed she was pregnant following a one-night stand they had and threatened to "blow the lid" if he did not give her money for an abortion.

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"If ever it could be said that there was a case where there can be no winners, then this is it," Mr Grehan said.

"Anne Shortall lost her life, her children lost their mother, her extended family lost a sister…Roy Webster's wife lost effectively her husband, the marriage, the family unit, the happiness and security she thought she had," Mr Grehan said.

"His children will grow up without their father, and worse, it will come with the realisation when they are older of why that was."

In relation to the prosecution's assertion that Mr Webster had shown "self pity", Mr Grehan referred to the interview in which he had said he was "genuinely sorry for putting everyone through that".

Irish Independent

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