Tuesday 17 September 2019

Love-rival jury told: don't be swayed by 'emotion, sympathy, anger or disgust'

Patrick Quirke. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Patrick Quirke. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The jury in the Tipperary murder trial has been told it must not be influenced by "emotion, sympathy, anger or disgust" in coming to its verdict.

Jurors yesterday requested print-outs of Garda interviews with murder accused Patrick Quirke and also sought phone records entered in evidence after beginning its deliberations. The requests, which were granted, came little over an hour after the jury of six men and six women retired at 2.14pm yesterday to consider its verdict.

Mr Quirke (50), a farmer of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his alleged love rival Bobby Ryan (52), a part-time DJ known as 'Mr Moonlight', on a date between June 3, 2011, and April 30, 2013.

Mr Ryan went missing after leaving the home of his girlfriend Mary Lowry, at Fawnagown, Co Tipperary. His body was found 22 months later in a tank on her farm, which Mr Quirke was leasing at the time.

The jury will resume its deliberations at the Central Criminal Court this morning, having been out for around an hour and 45 minutes.

Before beginning deliberations, the jury was charged by Ms Justice Eileen Creedon.

She told the jury circumstantial evidence can be powerful, but must also be considered with care.

She said the jury would have to consider the weight of the evidence and would need to be objective and dispassionate. She said it must not be influenced by emotion, sympathy, anger or disgust.

"Circumstantial evidence can be powerful evidence, but you must consider it with care," she said.

Irish Independent

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