Thursday 22 February 2018

Anne found murdered in shed after cash row

Family of mother-of-three 'devastated' at discovery

Anne Shortall had been missing since Good Friday
Anne Shortall had been missing since Good Friday
Gardaí at the scene in Wicklow, where the body of Anne Shortall was found
Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy at the scene that the body of missing Wicklow woman Anne Shortall was discovered in Kiloughter County Wicklow
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

A mother-of-three was beaten to death with a hammer in a row over money before her body was concealed in a shed, gardaí believe.

Anne Shortall's remains were found in an outbuilding in Co Wicklow yesterday, five days after she was first reporting missing.

A 38-year-old man has been arrested by gardaí and was last night being questioned at Wicklow garda station.

Ms Shortall (47) and the suspect are believed to have had a brief relationship and officers are investigating the theory that she was killed following a row over cash.

Her brother-in-law, John McCabe, told the Irish Independent that the family were "devastated" by the news.

Major searches were mounted after Ms Shortall went missing over the weekend.

The mother-of-three, who also had young grandchildren, was last seen on Good Friday at about 4pm in Wicklow town.

Ms Shortall was reported missing to gardaí on Saturday and a public appeal was issued.

Gardaí examined CCTV and mobile phone records to build up a picture of her last-known movements. Ms Shortall was spotted on CCTV in the Leitrim Place area of Wicklow town where she got into a van.

Her remains were yesterday discovered hidden under a tarpaulin in a shed at Killoughter, near Ashford, Co Wicklow.

It is understood the separated mother died from blunt-force trauma to the head. However, it is believed that she was killed elsewhere and the body was subsequently moved.

Gardaí sealed off a second crime scene in the Murragh area of Wicklow town.

Last night, it also emerged that they had seized a van as part of their investigation.

The suspect in the murder probe was arrested at 2.30pm yesterday. He was taken to Wicklow garda station where he was being detained under the provisions of Section 4 - Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Irish Independent

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