Man accused of murdering woman he claims was threatening to tell his wife he cheated

Man accused of murdering woman he claims was threatening to tell his wife he cheated

A man has gone on trial accused of murdering a woman he claims was threatening to tell his wife that he had cheated on her over Christmas 2014.

Roy Webster, a cabinet maker from Ashbree in Ashford, Co. Wicklow pleaded guilty to Anne Shortall’s manslaughter but this was not accepted by the DPP.

Paul Greene, who is prosecuting, told the jury the case will begin with events on December 20 2014 when Roy Webster met Anne Shortall in a pub.

She was going through a divorce at the time and the court heard they had sex back in her flat that night.

Mr. Greene said she owed thousands in rent and bills and later contacted Mr. Webster to tell him she was pregnant and needed money for a termination.

He said Mr. Webster was married with one child at the time and his wife was due to give birth a few weeks later.

The court heard he met Anne in his work van on April 3rd 2015 and drove her to The Murrough, Co. Wicklow where he beat her with a hammer.

Mr. Greene said it will be alleged that she threatened to reveal all about what happened over Christmas.

He said the jury will hear that he tied her up with duct tape and left her body at a work station at his home where he spent the weekend with his family.

Photos of blood stains inside the van and in his workshop were shown to the jury this afternoon.

Mr. Webster has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter – a plea that was rejected by the DPP.

More in this Section

Gardaí investigating whether fire in Cork was started deliberatelyGardaí investigating whether fire in Cork was started deliberately

Tracker Mortgage Scandal: Hundreds may find their complaints judged out of date Tracker Mortgage Scandal: Hundreds may find their complaints judged out of date

Irish 'blame culture' contributing to shortage of consultantsIrish 'blame culture' contributing to shortage of consultants

HSE spending on agency staff in mental health services nearly twice its budgetHSE spending on agency staff in mental health services nearly twice its budget


Lifestyle

These are the pros who create Beyoncé’s glow and Lucy Boynton’s graphic eyes.Looking for beauty inspiration? Follow these celebrity make-up artists on Instagram

The former Great British Bake Off contestant shares her culinary recollections with Ella Walker.From eating mango with her grandmother to the smell of ghee, these are Chetna Makan’s food memories

Don’t let the late summer rain wash away all your homegrown herbs. We offer top tips on how to keep them going, long after summer has faded.Harvesting herbs: How to make 5 easily homegrown herbs last beyond summer

The beauty world has gone loco for coconuts, says Katie Wright.9 nourishing coconut beauty products that will work wonders on your hair and body

More From The Irish Examiner