A FARMER was charged with the murder of a popular Tipperary DJ whose body was discovered in a slurry pit.
Pat Quirke (49) was charged with the murder of Bobby Ryan (52) before Tipperary District Court.
Judge Marie Keane was told that Mr Quirke of Breanshamore, Tipperary is charged with the murder of Mr Ryan on a date unknown on or about June 3 2011.
The charge also specifies an unknown location.
Det Inspector Pat O'Callaghan told the court he arrested, cautioned and charged Mr Quirke at Tipperary Garda Station on Tuesday evening.
He told the court that the defendant replied: "I don't agree with the charge."
Mr Quirke appeared in court wearing brown slacks, a purple jumper and blue shirt.
He did not speak during the brief hearing.
Mr Ryan of Boherlahan, Cashel, Tipperary vanished on June 3 2011 after leaving his home at 6am to go to work at Killough Quarry outside Thurles.
He never arrived at work and his family subsequently raised the alarm.
Mr Ryan’s Citroen van was found some time later by his daughter Michelle parked outside Bansha.
It had been left in isolated woodland. The Tipperary man was very well known in the area thanks to his work as a popular local DJ who operated under the name ‘Mr Moonlight’.
A huge search operation was launched which included posters being placed in virtually all shops, pubs and public offices across Tipperary and Limerick.
Mr Ryan’s body was discovered almost 22 months later in an underground concrete waste disposal tank on a farm some 5km outside Tipperary town.
The grim discovery was made on April 30 2013.
Following the discovery, Gardaí launched a murder investigation.
A post mortem examination had indicated that Mr Ryan had been battered to death before his body was dumped in the three metres deep pit.
Judge Keane said that the issue of bail does not arise as, given that a murder charge is involved, bail can only be dealt with in the case by the High Court.
She remanded Mr Quirke in custody to appear again before Thurles District Court on March 28.
Judge Keane granted permission for Mr Quirke's solicitor, Aoife Corridan, to speak with her client after the hearing.
A large number of family and friends of Mr Ryan attended the hearing.