Thursday 19 September 2019

No verdict yet from 'love rival' trial jury

Patrick Quirke with his wife Imelda outside court. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Patrick Quirke with his wife Imelda outside court. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Eoin Reynolds

The jury in the trial of a farmer who denies murdering his alleged love rival will return to the Central Criminal Court for its eighth day of deliberations today.

The six men and six women have been considering their verdict since last Tuesday, and have spent a total of 18 hours and 24 minutes deliberating.

Shortly after 1pm yesterday the registrar at the Central Criminal Court asked the foreman if they had reached a verdict. He replied: "Not yet." At 4pm, Justice Eileen Creedon sent them home.

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.

The prosecution claims that Mr Quirke murdered Mr Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Ms Lowry (52).

The defence says the prosecution has failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt and that Mr Quirke should be acquitted.

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

Irish Independent

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