Laois nanny's murder trial hears Corbet's account is a 'fiction'

Aoife Phelan.

Robert Corbet's murder trial has heard his account to gardaí of dumping the body of Laois nanny Aoife Phelan in a river was a "fiction".

The 25-year-old of Sheffield Cross, Portlaoise, admits killing the 30-year-old who had told him she was pregnant, but denies her murder in October or November 2012.

In his garda statements Robert Corbet said he lost control and began punching Aoife Phelan after she threatened to make his life hell if he walked away from her and her pregnancy.

The 25-year-old said this happened after he picked her up in his jeep on October 25, 2012, the evening she disappeared.

He told detectives that after driving around with her slumped in the passenger seat he dumped her body in a river on a slip road near Monasterevin.

This morning defence barrister Conor Devally said that this transpired to be "a fiction, a cod and something of a wild goose chase".

He told the court "We know Aoife Phelan met her end on the lands and property of the Corbet family".

The jury has heard that, while in custody, Robert Corbet was medically examined and his solicitor raised concerns that maybe a psychiatrist should be called.

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