Wednesday 26 October 2016

Woman (34) charged with stab murder of marathon runner housemate

Monika Matracka (34) charged with murdering marathon runner Michal Rejmer (38)

David Raleigh

Published 10/01/2016 | 13:54

Monika Matracka leaving the spacial setting of Limerick District Court in connection with the death of a Polish marathon runner
Monika Matracka leaving the spacial setting of Limerick District Court in connection with the death of a Polish marathon runner
Michal Rejmer (38)
The body of Michal Rejmer was found in the back garden of a house in Limerick

A woman has appeared before a special sitting of Limerick District Court charged with murdering one of her housemates in Limerick.

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Monika Matracka, 34, with an address at The Pines, Briarfield, Castletroy, Limerick, was charged with murdering Michal Rejmer (38) on a date between December 30th and 31st last year.

Michal Rejmer (38)
Michal Rejmer (38)

According to the State's charge sheet, it is alleged Ms Matracka attacked Mr Rejmer with a knife.

It is alleged the accused attacked the victim at the house they shared with a third man at The Pines, Briarfield, Castletroy.

Detective Sergeant Arthur Ryan, Henry Street Garda station, gave evidence that he arrested Ms Matracka at 11.27am this morning at Henry Street Garda station where he formally charged her with Mr Rejmer's murder.

"She did not make any reply after caution," Dtc Sgt Ryan added.

Mr Rejmer's body was discovered last Friday concealed under plastic sheeting, two pallets and bags of turf, at a garden at the house he shared with Ms Matracka.

Mr Rejmer, originally from Radom, Poland, had been reported missing on January 6th from his home in The Pines, Briarfield, Castletroy, Co Limerick, after he was last seen on December 30th

A post mortem on Mr Rejmer's body was carried out yesterday by State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy however, Gardai have not released details of the post mortem.

The victim was working in McDonald’s in the Castletroy area of Limerick and had been living in the Treaty city for the past ten years.

He was a popular member of Dooneen Athletics Club, and had run several marathons including the Dublin City Marathon.

Ms Matracka was remanded in custody on remand to Limerick Prison.

In court this afternoon, Judge Mary Larkin ordered that Ms Matracka receive all necessary medication while in custody.

She also ordered that a Polish interpreter be made available tomorrow to Ms Matracka at Limerick jail for a consultation meeting with her solicitor, and that an interpreter be made available at the accused's next court appearance.

Ms Matracka, who was granted free legal aid, was remanded to appear before Limerick District Court again next Tuesday.

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