A court’s heard the wife of a man accused of murdering a woman fell to her knees when he confessed he had hit her.
39 year old Roy Webster of Ashbree, Ashford in Wicklow admits the manslaughter of Anne Shortall but denies her murder.
It’s the State’s case that Roy Webster murdered Anne Shortall after she threatened to expose that they’d slept together.
The court heard they had a one night stand just before Christmas 2014 and he claims she was looking for money for an abortion.
A few days after Anne Shortall went missing in April 2015 gardai called to Roy Webster’s house and met him and his wife who had their newborn baby in her arms.
Detective Sgt Fergus O’Brien told the jury the wife was asking why her husband had been being pictured in the paper.
She then said softly said to her husband ‘Did you hurt her Roy?’
He hesitated before starting to cry and admitted he had hurt Anne Shortall.
‘Did you hit her Roy?’ the wife then asked and he confessed he had struck her with a hammer and had placed her in his workshop attached to their home.
The court heard the wife fell to her knees with the baby in her arms and started gasping and had some sort of diabetic fit.
Roy Webster was crying uncontrollably and words started gushing out of him the jury was told.
‘I’m genuinely sorry for putting everyone though that,’ he said.
‘She just had me against the wall.’
The jury was told Gardai later found Anne’s body in the work shop and her hands were covered with silver duct tape.