Saturday 23 November 2019

Man is charged with murdering mother of three

Emma Jane Hade

Mother-of-three Anne Shortall, whose body was discovered in a shed, will be buried this morning.

Ms Shortall, whose remains were found under a tarpaulin in a shed in Killoughter, Co Wicklow on Tuesday, will be laid to rest after an 11am funeral service in Rathnew today.

Roy Webster on his way into Bray District Court
Roy Webster on his way into Bray District Court
Anne Shortall had been missing since Good Friday

Family and friends paid their respects to the 47-year-old last night in her brother's home, and her remains are set to arrive at St Joseph's Church this morning.

Her burial comes a day after Roy Webster was charged with her murder.

There were emotional scenes outside Bray District Court yesterday and onlookers shouted abuse at the tradesman as he arrived for a hearing shortly before 10am.

The 38-year-old was flanked by three gardaí as he walked into the court, dressed in a Leinster rugby hoodie, navy tracksuit and beige leather shoes.

He remained silent during the five-minute hearing and was remanded in custody until April 16 by Judge David Kennedy. He is then set to appear before Cloverhill District Court.

Detective Sergeant Fergus O'Brien gave evidence and the court heard that Mr Webster made no reply after he was charged and cautioned at Wicklow Garda Station at 10.15pm on Wednesday.

An application made to the court by his solicitor, Dermot Hickey, requesting that his client undergo psychological evaluation while in prison, was granted by Judge Kennedy.

A statement of his means was also submitted to the court. Mr Webster was initially arrested on Tuesday night in connection with the murder of Ms Shortall.

The grandmother was last seen alive on Good Friday close to Leitrim Place in Wicklow town. Her friends and family reported her missing to the gardaí the following day and an appeal was made.


Ms Shortall is believed to have died from blunt-force trauma to the head and a post-mortem was carried out on Wednesday at St Columcille's Hospital. The results were not released for operational reasons. Gardaí checked footage from 13 CCTV cameras as part of their investigation.

Hundreds of family members and friends attended a vigil on Wednesday, close to where Ms Shortall was last seen in Wicklow town, and her brother-in-law Jon Kenny thanked everyone who had helped search for her.

Irish Independent

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