Killer Patrick Quirke spread rumours that Polish worker killed Bobby
Murderer Patrick Quirke deliberately spread rumours about a Polish man being involved in the disappearance of Bobby Ryan in a calculated bid to divert attention, gardaí believe.
A senior Garda source indicated that while detectives had heard rumours of a Polish national somehow being involved, there was absolutely no evidence whatsoever to support it.
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"As far as we are concerned the person who killed Mr Ryan is behind bars," he said. "Justice has been done and, certainly in my view, the jury got it right."
Gardaí also believe that Mr Ryan's Citroen van was deliberately abandoned near the sprawling Bansha Woods in Tipperary in a bid to waste both time and resources of gardaí and search volunteers.
Quirke (50), now prisoner number 107243 in Mountjoy Prison, has commenced a life sentence after being convicted of the murder of his love rival, Tipperary quarry worker and part-time DJ Bobby Ryan.
Mr Ryan, also known by his DJ moniker 'Mr Moonlight', was murdered and his body dumped in a run-off pit on the farm that Quirke was operating on a lease basis.
His body was found almost two years later.