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'Love rival' trial: Seven days of deliberation and no verdict

The six men and six women will continue considering their verdict tomorrow.

Patrick Quirke arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice yesterday
Patrick Quirke arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice yesterday
Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie

Updated Apr 30th 2019, 6:54 PM

THE JURY IN the trial of a farmer who denies murdering his alleged love rival will return to the Central Criminal Court for their seventh day of deliberations tomorrow.

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 behind closed doors.

Shortly after 1pm today 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 and asked them to return tomorrow.

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’.

Ryan went missing on 3 June, 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, Tipperary 22 months later on 30 April, 2013.

The jury of six men and six women have been considering the evidence put before them during a 13-week trial which was followed by a week of closing speeches from barristers for the defence and prosecution.

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

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

In her charge last week 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.

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