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'Love rival' trial jury resumes deliberations after clarification from judge

The jury in the Tipperary “love rival” trial has resumed its deliberations after receiving a clarification from the trial judge.

Jurors were sent out at 11.54am today. They had already spent round an hour and 45 minutes deliberating yesterday on whether farmer Pat Quirke murdered his alleged love rival Bobby Ryan, a part-time DJ known as Mr Moonlight. 

When the jury was brought into court this morning, Mr Justice Eileen Creedon said she had previously told them the prosecution does not have to prove the location of death in this case.

She said that in fact what the prosecution had to prove is that the death of Mr Ryan occurred in Co Tipperary, but in law it does not have to prove a specific location.

She told them that in this case the time, date and location of the killing were an issue.

The judge told the jury it was for them to decide what weight to give to evidence and that they needed to bear in mind the burden of proof was on the prosecution.

Before they retired, the jury was given USB sticks by both the defence and prosecution containing documentation entered in evidence.

The court heard they had been provided with a large screen on which to view the documents.

Mr Quirke (50), of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, denies murdering Mr Ryan (52) on a date between June 3, 2011, and April 2013.

The prosecution alleges Mr Quirke killed Mr Ryan so he could rekindle his affair with Mary Lowry, the widow whose farm Mr Quirke was leasing.

The jury has heard Mr Ryan disappeared after leaving Ms Lowry’s house at Fawnagown, Co Tipperary at 6.30am on the morning of June 3, 2011.

His body was discovered 22 months later by Mr Quirke in an underground tank on the farm, but the prosecution alleges this was a “staged” discovery.

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