Lawyer denies fatally stabbing nurse
Published 04/02/2010 | 05:00
A ROMANIAN lawyer has denied killing a nurse whose body was discovered last week at an apartment complex.
Mihalache Marian (48), of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody for one week yesterday after he appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court accused of murdering Loradena Pricajan.
The body of the 35-year-old nurse, originally from Romania, was discovered with stab wounds shortly after 7am last Thursday, January 28, at an apartment in the Irish Management Institute on Sandyford Road, Dublin.
Mr Marian, a lawyer, is understood to have worked in a national agency overseeing the distribution of EU agricultural grants and subsidies in Romania and was known as a senior figure in a local branch of a Romanian political party.
Detective Sergeant Eugene Stapleton, from Dundrum garda station, told the court Mr Marian was arrested at 8.58pm on Tuesday for the purpose of charging him. A short time later, he was formally charged by Sergeant Kevin Duggan.
"In reply to the charge after caution, he replied: 'I did not kill Loradena Pricajan and I have nothing else to say'," Det Sgt Stapleton told the court. Mr Marian was remanded in custody for one week to appear before Cloverhill District Court on February 10.
Mica Pricajan, the mother of the nurse, told the Irish Independent she wants her daughter's body returned to Romania.