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Hair clip, buttons & bone found in death tank.

Byline: EOIN REYNOLDS

A WOMAN'S hair clip, buttons and bone fragments were found in the underground tank where Bobby Ryan's remains were found, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

A jury was also told the part-time DJ's van was given to his son and used in an RTE Crimecall programme before it could be examined for clues.

Patrick Quirke, 50, of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Ryan, whose stage name was Mr Moonlight. He went missing on June 3, 2011 after leaving his girlfriend's home at around 6.30am and his body was found in an underground run-off tank on the farm leased by Quirke at Fawnagown, Co Tipperary, in April 2013.

The prosecution claims Quirke murdered Mr Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Mary Lowry, 52, the deceased's girlfriend.

Gda Gerry Canty, a crime scene examiner, told prosecution counsel Michael Bowman he visited the scene the day after Mr Ryan's remains were found and photographed a number of items that were taken from the tank.

These included, he said, bone fragments, a lady's hair clip, cable ties, tubing, buttons and pipe covers.

Gda Canty told defence counsel Lorcan Staines there was no discussion about those items when they were found and he said he didn't have any thoughts about them. When Mr Staines asked if he or any gardai present were surprised a lady's hair clip was found in the tank where Mr Ryan's body lay the witness replied: "I wasn't surprised and no one else expressed surprise to me."

Gda Canty agreed he made his first statement in relation to what he saw at Fawnagowan in November 2018, fiveand-a-half years after he visited the farm. He said he Bobby Ryan made the statement using notes he had written at the time.

He further accepted he did not mention the hair clip in his statement or his written notes.

The witness also accepted the Garda exhibits chart stated that the tamper evident bag contained cable ties, a hair clip, tubing and pipe cover while the chart disclosed to the defence stated only that there were cable ties and pipe covers in the bag.

The trial continues on Friday.

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KILLED Bobby Ryan

ACCUSED Patrick Quirke

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Date:Feb 20, 2019
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