Thursday 22 August 2019

'Love-rival' trial jury to return for a fifth day of deliberations

On trial: Patrick Quirke. Picture: Collins
On trial: Patrick Quirke. Picture: Collins

Ruaidhri Giblin

The jury in the trial of a farmer charged with murdering his alleged love rival will return for a fifth day of deliberations on Monday.

Patrick Quirke (50), of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bobby Ryan, a part-time DJ going by the name 'Mr Moonlight'.

Mr Ryan went missing on June 3, 2011 after leaving his girlfriend Mary Lowry's home at about 6.30am.

His body was found in an underground run-off tank on the farm owned by Ms Lowry and leased by the accused at Fawnagown, Co Tipperary, in April 2013.

The prosecution claims Mr Quirke murdered Mr Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Ms Lowry (52), while the defence contends the prosecution has failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, and must acquit.

Verdicts

The jury of six men and six women has been deliberating for around 11 hours and will return for a fifth day on Monday morning. Two verdicts are open to them, guilty or not guilty of murder.

Yesterday, Ms Justice Eileen Creedon told the jurors she would release them for the weekend and "see you back here at 11am on Monday".

A short time into their deliberations on Tuesday, the jury sought all of Mr Quirke's interviews with gardaí as well as phone records, which were handed in.

In her charge to the jury, Ms Justice Creedon told members they must not be influenced by emotion, sympathy, anger or disgust, and must treat circumstantial evidence against the accused with care.

Irish Independent

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