Man killed girlfriend in row over loss of flat
Published 01/11/2013 | 01:55
A MAN (46) has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, whom he blamed for getting them evicted from their flat.
Mary Ryan (37) was found unconscious in her boyfriend's Dublin bedsit. She was rushed to hospital but died due to neck compression and blunt force trauma to the head.
Polish man Waldemar Solowiow was charged with murdering her at his home on Sherrard Street Upper between May 18 and 19, 2012.
The unemployed welder and mechanic had pleaded not guilty to murdering her but guilty to her manslaughter.
The father of two said the couple had a physical fight on the night before she died, but that he did not mean to kill her.
Solowiow's landlord, Pat McInerney, testified that on the night of May 18 he told the accused that he and Ms Ryan had to leave the property by noon the following day. He said he would find another flat for Solowiow, provided that he did not bring Ms Ryan with him.
Solowiow told the trial that it was after Mr McInerney left that he and Ms Ryan began fighting.
The following morning, he noticed that Ms Ryan had stopped breathing and her colour had changed. He called an ambulance. He told his trial that he had loved Ms Ryan and was very sorry.
The jury at the Central Criminal Court found him guilty of murder on a majority verdict.
Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy imposed the mandatory life sentence on Solowiow, backdating it to his arrest.