A county Tipperary farmer has gone on trial today accused of murdering his ‘love rival’ whose naked remains were found in a slurry pit in April 2013.
50-year-old Patrick Quirke of Breanshamore has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 52-year-old DJ Bobby Ryan.
The jury heard Mr Quirke took over his best friend’s farm after he passed away in 2007 and began seeing his widow Mary Lowry.
The relationship came to an end in 2010 and Mrs Lowry began seeing a local DJ Bobby Ryan who went by the name ‘Mr Moonlight’.
It’s the prosecution’s case that Mr Quirke murdered Mr Ryan in June 2011 and dumped his body in a slurry pit so he could rekindle an affair with his sister-in-law.