Wednesday 21 August 2019

'Mary Lowry had his head melted' - love rival trial hears

Central figure: Mary Lowry leaving the court during another week of evidence in the trial into the murder of Bobby Ryan. Photo: Mark Condren
Central figure: Mary Lowry leaving the court during another week of evidence in the trial into the murder of Bobby Ryan. Photo: Mark Condren
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

A senior garda said he could not recall who had said "Mary Lowry had his head melted" which was recorded as a comment in his notes made during the initial investigation into Bobby Ryan's disappearance.

Chief Superintendent Dominic Hayes told the Central Criminal Court murder trial of dairy farmer Patrick Quirke that he had written down the line in his notes while he attended a conference into Mr Ryan's disappearance in June 2011.

Patrick Quirke (50), with an address at Breanshamore in Co Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of father-of-two Bobby Ryan (52), a part-time DJ known as 'Mr Moonlight', on a date between June 3, 2011 and April 2013.

Taken through his notes by Lorcan Staines SC, for the defence, Chief Supt Hayes explained he had taken down the line but did not recall where it had come from.

He explained that he had happened to be in Tipperary because there were two separate murder investigations ongoing, and that he would not normally attend a missing persons' conference.

Mr Ryan's body was not found until April 2013.

The trial continues next week.

Irish Independent

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