Killer Webster loses appeal over murder of Anne Shortall
Murderer Roy Webster has lost his appeal against his conviction for the murder Anne Shortall.
Roy Webster from Ashbree in Ashford accused the judge of failing to properly direct the jury on a key part of his defence.
Webster slept with Anne Shortall following a Christmas night out in 2014.
He claimed she contacted him sometime later to tell him she was pregnant and threatened to tell his wife if he didn’t give her money for an abortion.
His trial heard he beat her to death with a hammer on Good Friday 2015 and left her tied up in the back of his van before hiding her body in his workshop.
Duct tape was wound around her head and face and her wrists were also bound when Gardaí found her body.
A post-mortem revealed she’d been struck nine times in the head. It also found no evidence of a recent pregnancy.
Webster was found guilty of beating Ms Shortall to death with a hammer after she allegedly tried to blackmail him about their one-night-stand.
He was unanimously found guilty of murder by a jury at the Central Criminal Court and was given the mandatory life sentence by Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy on March 24, 2017.
Webster’s legal team were challenging the judge’s instructions to the jury on the defence of provocation.