A jury at the Central Criminal Court has been hearing further evidence about garda searches at a farm in Co Tipperary in the days after Bobby Ryan went missing.

Mr Ryan’s remains were found on the farm at Fawnagowan almost two years later.

Garda witnesses were giving evidence in the trial of Patrick Quirke, of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, who is accused of murdering Mr Ryan, a part-time DJ who was known as Mr Moonlight.

Mr Quirke has pleaded not guilty to the murder at an unknown location on a date between 3 June 2011 and 30 April 2013.

Mr Ryan’s body was discovered by Mr Quirke on Mary Lowry’s farm.

Garda John O'Connor told the court the searches were carried out in the context of a missing persons investigation and it would have been normal not to take photographs, videos or notes while searching.

He said if anything of evidential value had been found it would have been preserved and his superiors notified.

During cross-examination, he agreed that he had made his statement 22 months after the searches.

He was also asked if he had heard garda colleagues discussing the evidence while sitting in the Central Criminal Court’s coffee shop yesterday.

Garda O’Connor said he heard a colleague mention something about seeing round silage bales on the farm while searching.

Garda O’Connor agreed that he did not discuss the evidence after it was put to him by defence counsel and that to do so would be "utterly and totally impermissible".

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Sergeant Tom Finan told the court he had made a second statement yesterday after seeing an aerial photograph of the farm.

He said he did so because he realised that at the time he made his first statement he did not know the correct location where the body was found.

It had since become clear to him that the body was not found in a slurry tank, but in another tank elsewhere on the farm.

He made an additional statement to describe seeing round silage bales at that location.

Under cross-examination by defence counsel Bernard Condon, Sgt Finan said he had not been shown the photograph by a colleague but he had asked to see it while sitting in the coffee shop of the court building yesterday.

Asked what caused him to be concerned about his first statement, he replied that he had seen television reports about where the body was found and realised he did not know that when he made his first statement.

He denied that he had been shown the aerial photograph to assist him with his evidence in this trial.

The jury heard an audio recording of earlier evidence given by Sgt Finan in its absence.

Sgt Finan accepted that he had earlier said he was shown the aerial photograph and it was to "refresh" him.

Asked if he accepted that it was not appropriate to be discussing evidence in advance of a criminal trial, he said it was eight years ago and seeing a photograph would help put things in perspective as it was very different from walking the land.

He said nothing else was discussed.

He said his second statement made yesterday was made in the Central Criminal Court building and not in Tipperary town as it said in the statement.

He said this was an error but he did not type the statement.

Mr Condon said it was a "curious error" and asked if the woman typing the statement had "come up with the idea that she was sitting in Tipperary Garda Station when she was actually sitting in Parkgate Street in Dublin?"

Sgt Finan replied, "I don't know".

He also told prosecuting counsel Michael Bowman that he and his colleagues were all stationed around Tipperary and the level of attention the trial was getting in Tipperary was "huge".

He agreed there was no question of he and garda colleagues dreaming up, concocting or misremembering the evidence.