A court’s heard a man accused of murdering a woman told gardai he had ‘shifted’ her when asked about her disappearance.
39 year old Roy Webster of Ashbree in Ashford in Wicklow admits the manslaughter of Anne Shortall by beating her with a hammer - but denies her murder.
It’s the Prosecution’s case that Mr Webster killed Ms Shortall on Good Friday 2015 because she was threatening to reveal that they had slept together a few months before that.
He was married with two children and the court’s heard he claims Ms Shortall told him she was pregnant and wanted money for an abortion.
Anne Shortall’s daughter Emma told the jury this afternoon she heard her mum leaving the house that day but became concerned when she didn’t return.
Both her and her sister contacted the last person who she had texted - which was the accused Roy Webster.
The court heard Mr Webster told Emma she had the wrong number and he didn’t know what she was talking about.
He later told the other daughter, Alanna, he thought her mum had gone to London to meet a friend.
A garda then phoned Mr Webster and he admitted he had met Ms Shortall briefly at a pub that day.
When asked how he knew her - he said he had 'shifted' her a few months ago and she wanted to meet up for a relationship.
The court also heard Anne Shortall had received an eviction notice shortly before her death as she was behind in her rent.