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IrelandMary Lowry is 'prepared not to tell the truth when it suits her' - Patrick Quirke's barrister tells murder trial

18:01  15 april  2019
18:01  15 april  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Mary Lowry is 'prepared not to tell the truth when it suits her' - Patrick Quirke's barrister tells murder trial © INM Mary Lowry. Photo: Tony Gavin

MARY Lowry was “a person prepared not to tell the truth when it suits her”, the barrister for Patrick Quirke has told the jury in the Tipperary murder trial.

Bernard Condon SC said Ms Lowry was “able to bald faced sit here and say black is white”.

He also said Ms Lowry had engaged in “revisionism” and there was “a very significant worry she presented her evidence in a way that was manipulative”.

Mary Lowry is 'prepared not to tell the truth when it suits her' - Patrick Quirke's barrister tells murder trial A slurry tank is drained at Mary Lowry s farm outside Tipperary town.

The barrister’s comments came as he continued his closing argument to the jury.

Mr Quirke (50), of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of love rival Bobby Ryan (52), a part-time DJ known as Mr Moonlight, on a date between June 3, 2011, and April 2013.

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A witness in the Tipperary murder trial has told the Central Criminal Court that murder accused Pat Quirke seemed unperturbed after the body of Bobby Ryan was found on her farm in April 2013. Mary Lowry was giving evidence for a second day in the trial of Patrick Quirke of Breanshamore

The trial has heard Mr Quirke leased Ms Lowry's 60-acre farm at Fawnagowan, Co Tipperary and had an affair with Ms Lowry, which she described as “sordid” and “sleazy”.

However, she was in a relationship with Mr Ryan when he disappeared in June 2011.

Mr Condon highlighted a number of aspects of Ms Lowry’s evidence where he said she was “prepared to revise history”.

He said it was suggested Mr Quirke was not a good friend of Ms Lowry’s late husband Martin Lowry. Mr Condon said all of the evidence would not support that.

He also focused on her evidence about a night away she and Mr Ryan spent in Bundoran, Co Donegal just days before his disappearance.

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The prosecution alleges that Mr Quirke murdered Mr Ryan because he wanted to rekindle his relationship with Ms Lowry with whom he had been having an affair and that he staged the discovery of the body because his lease on the farm was coming to an end. Senior Counsel Bernard Condon told

Patrick Quirke , 50, of Breanshamore in Co Tipperary, has denied murdering part-time DJ Bobby Ryan, who went missing on 3 Ms Lowry ’ s brother, Eddie Quigley, has testified that Mr Quirke said to him that Ms Lowry was "a right b****" and that she had not supported him or his wife after their son

Mr Condon said that in fact what happened was that they broke up on the journey home.

The trial heard they reconciled two day later.

Mr Condon said Ms Lowry subsequently told gardaí Mr Ryan was dancing with a woman in Bundoran he met the night before.

But when she was quizzed in the witness box, she said this was a woman Mr Ryan had known years before and they were just catching up on old times.

Mary Lowry is 'prepared not to tell the truth when it suits her' - Patrick Quirke's barrister tells murder trial © Collins Photo Agency Patrick Quirke has pleaded not guilty to the murder of part-time DJ Bobby Ryan Mr Condon also said Ms Lowry had invented a claim she asked Mr Ryan if it was okay for her to dance with another man on the same weekend away.

Mr Condon said the jury had to be careful about placing undue weight on Ms Lowry’s evidence.

He said that while the visit to Bundoran was not of consequence to the case, what was of consequence for the jury was whether it could take her evidence as “gold standard” and “something I can take to the bank”.

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Mr Condon said Ms Lowry had told gardaí “very negative things” about Mr Quirke.

He said the jury had to look at the person who this evidence was coming from and see what they said in other areas where, perhaps, the stakes weren’t so high.

“Can you accept the evidence of this person beyond reasonable doubt,” he asked the jury.

He described her evidence on the Bundoran visit as “a worrying sign”.

“It is a red flag or a red light,” he said.

Mr Condon said “raging and fuming” by Ms Lowry over what happened in Bundoran had been played down by her in her evidence.

He said she was “a person who is prepared not to tell the truth when it suits her”.

Mary Lowry is 'prepared not to tell the truth when it suits her' - Patrick Quirke's barrister tells murder trial © Courtpix On trial: Patrick Quirke at court with his wife Imelda as the murder trial reaches its closing stages. Photo: Courtpix The barrister said there was “an unreliability about Ms Lowry and the gardaí have attached themselves to her”.

The jury was also told it was being asked to accept that Mr Quirke assaulted Ms Lowry in her kitchen either at the end of 2010 or in early 2011.

But scant detail was given of the alleged incident, Mr Condon said.

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A GP has told the Central Criminal Court that Patrick Quirke was hurt and upset after his affair with Mary Lowry ended. Dr Ivor Hanrahan was giving evidence in the trial of Mr Quirke of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary who is accused of murdering Bobby Ryan, a part time DJ known as Mr Moonlight.

Patrick Quirke denies the murder of Bobby Ryan. The jury was told that Mr Quirke was allegedly unhappy because his relationship with the farm owner Mary Lowry had ended Prosecuting counsel Michael Bowman told the court that Mr Quirke had the motive and the opportunity to murder Mr Ryan.

“If you make that sort of allegation, it behoves you to provide some sort of detail,” he said.

Mr Condon also raised Ms Lowry’s evidence about a supposed trip with Mr Quirke to the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford in September 2011, a few months after Mr Ryan’s disappearance.

The barrister said even though a credit card statement suggested she was there, Ms Lowry had issued “a whole series of can’t remembers” in the witness box.

He said this was “a very strange presentation” and that the jury should favour Mr Quirke’s account that they did go away together.

In her evidence, Ms Lowry said her relationship with Mr Quirke became a sexual one in January 2008. She claimed he “crossed the line”, that she found him “overpowering” and that she was “very vulnerable at the time”.

But Mr Condon told the jury a suggestion by gardaí that Mr Quirke wanted sex and money on demand was not true.

“There is no suggestion of demands for sex,” he said.

“This was a consensual adult relationship.”

Mary Lowry is 'prepared not to tell the truth when it suits her' - Patrick Quirke's barrister tells murder trial Mary Lowry The barrister also warned the jury to be careful when it came to talk of Mr Quirke having depression.

He said that although this had been mentioned by Ms Lowry and in a letter allegedly written by Mr Quirke to an agony aunt, a doctor had found the accused did not have depression.

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After speaking to Imelda Quirke he became aware that a body had been found at Ms Lowry ' s farm at Fawnagowan and he immediately told Ms Quirke not to touch anything at the scene. He then phoned Tipperary Garda station and requested they send a patrol car. Inspector Padraig Powell told the court

GARDAI searching Patrick Quirke ' s home found a hand written note relating to Mary Lowry and the disappearance of Bobby Ryan, the Central The prosecution claims Mr Quirke murdered Mr Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Ms Lowry , 52. Det Walsh further told Mr Bowman that he seized a

“He was not diagnosed with depression and he was not referred to a psychiatrist,” said Mr Condon.

The barrister said someone might make the leap of thinking a depressed person might kill somebody.

“I caution you, I ask you with the greatest of earnestness I can summon, not to make that leap,” he said.

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