Tuesday 19 September 2017

Roy Webster murder trial jury request to rehear statement of woman who met accused after hammer attack

Mr Webster has pleaded not guilty to the murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Anne Shortall (47)

MURDER CHARGE: Roy Webster (left) claims Anne Shortall (right) blackmailed him for money for an abortion
MURDER CHARGE: Roy Webster (left) claims Anne Shortall (right) blackmailed him for money for an abortion

Eoin Reynolds

The jury at the Roy Webster murder trial want to rehear the statement of a woman who met the accused shortly after he beat Anne Shortall to death with a hammer.

The seven women and four men have spent less than two hours considering their verdict in the trial of the 40-year-old from Ashbree, Ashford, Co Wicklow.

Mr Webster has pleaded not guilty to the murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Anne Shortall (47) at The Murrough, Co Wicklow on April 3, 2015.

His plea was not accepted by the State.

Before going to lunch at 1pm the foreman of the jury asked Justice Patrick McCarthy if they could rehear the statement of Carmel Phibbs, a friend of the accused's wife Sinead. Ms Phibbs, whose statement was read to the court on day six of the trial, was at the Webster home on the afternoon that Ms Shortall was killed.

She told gardai that when Mr Webster arrived home he was acting "completely normal".

Accused Roy Webster (40) Photo: Collins Courts
Accused Roy Webster (40) Photo: Collins Courts

Justice McCarthy will read the statement again after lunch.

The jury has also been given a number of exhibits, including the hammer that the prosecution alleges Mr Webster used to beat Ms Shortall to death.

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