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Anne Shortall beaten with hammer because she threatened to expose affair

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Anne Shortall
Anne Shortall

Reports today indicate that Anne Shortall was brutally beaten to death with a hammer after she threatened to expose a brief fling she had with a man.

The 47-year-old’s remains were discovered under a tarpaulin in an outhouse at Killoughter, near Ashford, Co Wicklow five days after being reported missing to Gardai.

The mother-of-three was found by officers who were investigating her disappearance.

Reports suggest the place where she was discovered was not the scene of the murder and that she had been moved there.

Gardai at the scene in Killoughther 

A 38-year-old man has been arrested by Gardaí and was last night being questioned at Wicklow garda station.

Ms Shortall and the suspect were known to each other and officers are investigating the theory that she was killed following a row over cash.

It is understood that Ms Shortall had a brief fling with the man and was threatening to expose it and that they argued over a substantial amount of money.

Gardai have since sealed off a second crime scene in the Murragh area of Wicklow town.

The Murragh

“This man just flipped, he felt she was threatening to expose him and he just lost it. Certain buttons were pushed in him,” a source told the Irish Independent.

State pathologist Marie Cassidy attended the scene to examine the body shortly after 6.30pm.

Ms Shortall's body was removed to the mortuary at St Columcille's Hospital in Loughlinstown, where a post mortem will be carried out this morning.