Friday 20 September 2019

'Love rival' trial jury to resume deliberations tomorrow

Pleaded not guilty: Patrick Quirke departs the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Pleaded not guilty: Patrick Quirke departs the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The jury in the Tipperary “love rival” trial will resume its deliberations in the morning.

The jury was sent home for the evening by Ms Justice Eileen Creedon shortly after 4pm and has now been deliberating for seven hours and 23 minutes.

Farmer Pat Quirke (50), of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, denies murdering his alleged love rival Bobby Ryan (52), a quarry worker and part-time DJ known as Mr Moonlight, 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.

The jury will resume deliberations at 11am tomorrow.

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