Quirke murder trial ‘being discussed by just about everyone in the country’ - judge

Trial judge tells jurors that they decide the case based only on what they hear in court

Patrick Quirke (50), of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 52-year-old Bobby Ryan at an unknown location on a date between June 3rd 2011 and April 13th 2013. Photograph: Collins Courts

Patrick Quirke (50), of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 52-year-old Bobby Ryan at an unknown location on a date between June 3rd 2011 and April 13th 2013. Photograph: Collins Courts

 

A Central Criminal Court judge has told the jury in the Tipperary murder trial not to speak to people about the trial which, she said, is “being discussed by just about everyone in the country at this point.”

Ms Justice Eileen Creedon told the six men and six women on the jury on Friday morning that they are not required again until next Wednesday.

She added that she is “very conscious” at the level of media coverage the trial has attracted and the pressure that brings.

She reminded the jurors that they decide the case based only on what they hear in court, adding: “It’s being discussed by just about everyone in the country but don’t talk to anybody about the evidence.”

The trial, which did not hear evidence on Friday, will continue next week.

Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bobby Ryan, a part-time DJ known as ‘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, Tipperary 22 months later in April 2013.

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