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Garda saw 'ten to 15' bales of silage at location where Bobby Ryan's body was found - 'love rival' trial hears

Independent.ie logo Independent.ie 12/02/2019 Nicola Anderson
a man wearing a hat: Denial: Patrick Quirke has pleaded not guilty to murder. Photo: Collins Courts © COLLINS PHOTO AGENCY Denial: Patrick Quirke has pleaded not guilty to murder. Photo: Collins Courts

A GARDA has told a murder trial how he recalled seeing "ten to 15" round bales of silage at the location of the tank where the remains of Bobby Ryan were subsequently found.

Garda Tom Finan said he only realised yesterday the exact location of the tank where the body was found, after looking at an aerial photograph of Mary Lowry's farm at Fawnagowan, Co Tipperary.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Bobby Ryan Bobby Ryan He originally thought the body was found in a slurry tank on the farm, he told the trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Garda Finan said he became "unhappy" with his initial evidence after seeing a report on television, last Friday week, which included aerial footage from the back of the farm.

Questioned by Bernard Condon SC for the Defence, Garda Finan was asked how he came to be unhappy about it, he replied: "I knew I hadn't seen the tank where the tank has been portrayed."

Garda search team found nothing on land where Bobby Ryan last seen, court hears

"Portrayedby who?" Mr Condon asked and Garda Finan replied: "I suppose by the media."

Garda Finan explained that he had been having coffee in the second floor of the Courts of Criminal Justice Complex with his colleagues when he asked to see an aerial photo of the farm.

Mary Lowry Mary Lowry He subsequently made a second statement in the CCJ, where he outlined how he had seen "ten to  15 round bales of silage" where this tank was located.

"I searched that area and found nothing there in relation to a tank," he told the trial, of the initial Missing Persons search on June 7 2011.

Farmer Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Bobby Ryan, a DJ known as Mr Moonlight, on a date between June 3 2011 and April 2013.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Accused: Patrick Quirke has denied the murder of popular DJ Bobby Ryan. Photo: Collins Courts © COLLINS PHOTO AGENCY Accused: Patrick Quirke has denied the murder of popular DJ Bobby Ryan. Photo: Collins Courts Under close cross questioning by Mr Condon, Garda Finan said he had asked the lead investigator on the search team, Sgt Cathal Godfrey, if he could see the photo.

He said he had seen this photo for the first time in the Coffee Dock yesterday.

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