Tuesday 21 May 2019

'Love-rival' jury to resume deliberations

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Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The jury in the Tipperary "love-rival" trial will resume its deliberations this morning.

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

Farmer Patrick 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 today.

Irish Independent

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