Friday 24 January 2020

Jury in Roy Webster murder trial sent home for night after over three hours deliberating

Anne Shortall (left) and murder accused Roy Webster (right)
Anne Shortall (left) and murder accused Roy Webster (right)
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

THE jury in the Roy Webster murder trial has been sent home for the night, to resume deliberating on tomorrow.

The four women and seven men had spent just over three and a half hours considering a verdict when Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy told them they could retire for the evening.

Earlier, the jury asked to rehear the statement of a woman who met the accused shortly after he beat Anne Shortall to death with a hammer.

Mr Webster (40), from Ashbree, Ashford, Co Wicklow has pleaded not guilty to the murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Anne Shortall (47) at The Murrough, in Wicklow Town on April 3, 2015.

That plea was not accepted by the State.

Before going to lunch earlier, the foreman of the jury asked Judge McCarthy if they could rehear the statement of Carmel Phibbs, a friend of the accused's wife Sinead.

Ms Phibbs, whose statement had been 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".

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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