Anne Shortall murder-accused remanded in custody

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Roy Webster is accused of the murder of Anne Shortall
Roy Webster is accused of the murder of Anne Shortall

A 38-YEAR-OLD man charged with the murder of Anne Shortall in Co Wicklow has been further remanded in custody pending the preparation of a book of evidence.

Roy Webster, with an address at Ashbree, Ashford, Co. Wicklow, appeared at Cloverhill District Court today. It was his fourth court appearance having been charged in April over the death of the mother-of-three.

Judge Victor Blake further remanded him in continuing custody to appear again at the same court on June 25 next.

Anne Shortall was last seen alive in Wicklow Town on April 3 last.

The 47-year-old’s body was discovered April 7 under tarpaulin in a shed beside a house a few miles outside Killoughter, Co Wicklow.

Ms Shortall, who lived in an apartment in Wicklow Town, had suffered serious injuries and State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy carried out a post mortem at St Columcille's Hospital in Loughlinstown in Dublin.

Tradesman, Mr Webster, had been arrested in connection with the mother-of-three’s death and was questioned in Wicklow Garda Station where he was charged with murdering Ms Shortall on April 3 last.

At an his first hearing in Bray District Court, on April 9, Detective Sergeant Fergus O'Brien gave evidence of the arrest and said Mr Webster made no reply when cautioned and charged.

The district court had made a recommendation that he be psychologically assessed while on remand in prison. Due to the nature of the charge, bail can only be considered by the High Court.