The Central Criminal Court's heard the face of an alleged murder victim was completely concealed by duct tape when she was found.
40 year old Roy Webster of Ashbree, Ashford in Co Wicklow admits Anne Shortall’s manslaughter but denies murder.
The court’s heard Roy Webster was married with one child and another on the way when he had a one night stand with 47 year old Anne Shortall over Christmas 2014.
He told gardai she said she was pregnant with his child and wanted money for an abortion.
They met up in April 2015 and Roy Webster admits hitting her with a hammer and placing her body in a workshop beside his house.
The court also heard this afternoon from the State Pathologist - who carried out the post mortem at Loughlinstown Hospital.
She told the jury Ms Shortall’s face was completely concealed with duct tape and her hands were bound to the front of her body.
There was blood on her face, hair and hands and there was dirt on her feet.
Professor Marie Cassidy said Ms Shortall had sustained at least nine blows to the head and her death was probably rapid.
There were scratches on her back which suggested she had been dragged and there were also possible defensive injuries on her hands.
Professor Cassidy said it wasn’t possible to say if the duct tape was placed on her - before or after her death - but it would have excluding all possibilities of survival.
The cause of death was described as blunt force trauma to the head and obstruction of the airwaves.
There was no evidence of a recent pregnancy.
This morning her GP told the jury she is satisfied Ms Shortall wasn’t pregnant and knew she wasn’t pregnant.
She had seen her in January 2015 as she had been complaining of heavy periods.
Ms Shortall had also gone to a gynecologist for tests in March and these scans would be incompatible with pregnancy.