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Man charged with murder of Anne Shortall returned for trial

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Man charged with murder of Anne Shortall returned for trial

A 38-YEAR-OLD man charged with the murder of Anne Shortall in Co Wicklow in April has been returned for trial.

Roy Webster, with an address at Ashbree, Ashford, Co. Wicklow, appeared at Cloverhill District Court where he was served with a book of evidence. The 38-year-old was returned for trial to the Central Criminal Court by Judge Alan Mitchell and was  further remanded in custody.

Anne Shortall, a mother-of-three, 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 her 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