Saturday 24 August 2019

'Love rival' trial jury to resume deliberations tomorrow

Pleaded not guilty: Patrick Quirke leaves the Criminal Courts of Justice with his wife Imelda. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Pleaded not guilty: Patrick Quirke leaves the Criminal Courts of Justice with his wife Imelda. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The jury in the Tipperary “love rival” trial has retired for the evening and will resume deliberations on Thursday morning.

They have now been deliberating for three hours and 38 minutes. 

When the jury was brought into court this morning, Mr Justice Eileen Creedon said she had previously told them the prosecution does not have to prove the location of death in this case.

She said that in fact what the prosecution had to prove is that the death of Bobby Ryan occurred in Co Tipperary, but in law it does not have to prove a specific location.

She told them that in this case the time, date and location of the killing were an issue.

The judge told the jury it was for them to decide what weight to give to evidence and that they needed to bear in mind the burden of proof was on the prosecution.

The jury was also given USB sticks today by both the defence and prosecution containing documentation entered in evidence.

The court heard they had been provided with a large screen on which to view the documents.

Mr Quirke (50), of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, denies murdering Mr Ryan (52) on a date between June 3, 2011, and April 2013.

The prosecution alleges Mr Quirke killed Mr Ryan so he could rekindle his affair with Mary Lowry, the widow whose farm Mr Quirke was leasing.

The jury has heard Mr Ryan disappeared after leaving Ms Lowry’s house at Fawnagown, Co Tipperary at 6.30am on the morning of June 3, 2011.

His body was discovered 22 months later by Mr Quirke in an underground tank on the farm, but the prosecution alleges this was a “staged” discovery.

There are two verdicts open to the jury, either guilty of murder or not guilty. 

A short time into their deliberations on Tuesday, the jury sought all of Mr Quirke's interviews with gardai as well as phone records entered in evidence.

In her charge to the jury, Ms Justice Creedon said circumstantial evidence could be powerful, but also needed to be treated with care.

She said they needed to be objective and dispassionate and must not be influenced by emotion, sympathy, anger or disgust.

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