Clare man's murder trial begins

A Co Clare man has gone on trial for the murder of a 43 year old woman whose body was found on a beach two years ago.

A Co Clare man has gone on trial for the murder of a 43 year old woman whose body was found on a beach two years ago.

Colm Deely of School Road, Ballyvaughan denies killing Deirdre McCarthy in Co Clare on or around the March 28, 2011.

Opening the trial ,prosecution barrister Paul Greene told the jury Deirdre McCarthy lived and worked just outside the tourist village of Ballyvaughan in Co Clare.

He said there will be evidence that on Sunday March 27, 2011 she was socialising with friends in Logues pub and was driven home by a friend at around 11.30pm.

Gardai were called when she failed to show up the next day to babysit at a friend’s house.

Searches were carried out and her body was discovered on Fanore Beach by a member of the public the following Thursday.

Mr Greene says the post mortem concluded that she died from asphyxia and strangulation and from blows to her head and body.

He says the prosecution alleges that Deirdre McCarthy was friends with the accused Colm Deely, that he was in the pub on the night of her disappearance, there was phone contact and that he was the last person to see her alive.

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