The appeal by Tipperary farmer, Patrick Quirke, against his conviction for the murder of Bobby Ryan could be up to four days in duration.
Mr. Quirke’s representatives and the D.P.P. were at a short sitting of the Court of Appeal on Tuesday, in relation to the case progression. At today’s hearing, Mr. Justice George Birmingham, President of the Court of Appeal, explained that he hoped that this timeline could be shorter in duration, and adjourned the matter for mention next week.
Mr. Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co. Tipperary denied murdering Mr. Bobby Ryan (52), known as “Mr. Moonlight” at a date between June 3rd, 2011 and April 2013, when Mr. Ryan’s body was discovered 22 months after his disappearance.
After a lengthy 13-week trial, Mr. Quirke was convicted of the murder of Bobby Ryan, and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Quirke’s legal representatives content that the prosecution had not been successful in proving their case, and referred to “inconsistencies” in evidence provided, as well as claiming some witnesses were unreliable.
The full appeal hearing is listed for a date in October 2020.