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Murder-accused Roy Webster remanded in custody until May 14

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Remanded: Judge Victor Blake ordered Webster to appear in court again on May 14
Remanded: Judge Victor Blake ordered Webster to appear in court again on May 14

A 38-YEAR-OLD man charged with the murder of Anne Shortall in Co Wicklow has been further remanded in custody for four weeks.

Roy Webster, with an address at Ashbree, Ashford, Co. Wicklow, appeared at Cloverhill District Court today having been charged earlier this month over the death of the mother-of-three.

Judge Victor Blake remanded him in continuing custody to appear again at the same court on May 14 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.

Hundreds of mourners paid their respects to the grandmother at her funeral mass on April 10 at St Joseph’s Church, in Rathnew, Co Wicklow.

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.

Due to the nature of the charge, bail can only be considered by the High Court and he was remanded in custody with a recommendation that he be psychologically assessed while in prison.