A married man on trial for murdering a woman he had a one night stand with told gardai his intention wasn’t to kill her.
Roy Webster of Ashbree in Ashford in Co Wicklow said hitting Anne Shortall with a hammer was like watching something out of a horror movie.
He admits manslaughter but denies murder.
The 40 year told gardai he met Anne Shortall around Christmas 2014 and they went back to her apartment where they had sex. In January he said she requested him as a Facebook friend and he declined it.
His cousin then contacted him and asked ‘have you been a bad boy?’
Later Ms Shortall told Roy Webster she was pregnant and needed £6,500 for an abortion.
The court heard the pair met up in April 2015 and Mr Webster said it was so Anne Shortall could show him proof she was pregnant.
He said she became angry when he didn’t have the money and she threatened to ring his wife.
Roy Webster told gardai he could see his whole world crashing down. He grabbed a hammer and he hit Ms Shortall in the middle of the forehead and she fell back into the van.
He hit her three to four times and said blood was pouring out of her head and it was like watching a horror movie.
He then taped her head and then her hands to stop her flailing around.
He later drove home with Anne in the back of the van and admitted she could have still been alive.
The court heard he blanked out what happened, had dinner and wine and fell asleep on the couch.
Later gardai told him Ms Shortall wasn’t pregnant and he replied ‘I f**king knew it’.