The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering a woman with whom he cheated on his wife has been asked to focus on his actions after he killed her.
Roy Webster of Ashbree in Ashford, Co. Wicklow claims Anne Shortall provoked him by blackmailing him about their one-night stand:
Our Courts Correspondent Frank Greaney reports:
Paul Greene began the prosecution’s closing address by reminding the jurors that Roy Webster has already admitted Anne Shortall’s manslaughter but that it was be up to them to consider whether he is guilty of the more serious charge of murder.
He admits beating her to death with a hammer on Good Friday 2015 but claims she was threatening to tell his wife and children they’d slept together the previous Christmas.
He told Gardaí she claimed she’d become pregnant after their one-night stand and wanted money for an abortion.
Mr. Greene said the intention required for murder c could be formed in an instant and he asked the jurors to look at his behaviour after he killed her. He left her body in his van for the Easter weekend and carried on with his life as if nothing happened.
The defence will address the jury for a final time tomorrow morning.