Saturday 3 December 2016

Woman charged with murder of Polish man found in garden

David Raleigh

Published 11/01/2016 | 02:30

Monika Matracka leaving a special sitting of Limerick District Court in connection with the death of Polish man Michal Rejmer Photo: Brian Gavin / Press 22
Monika Matracka leaving a special sitting of Limerick District Court in connection with the death of Polish man Michal Rejmer Photo: Brian Gavin / Press 22
Michal Rejmer

A woman has been charged with murdering her house-mate, Polish marathon runner Michal Rejmer.

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Monika Matracka (34), with an address at The Pines, Briarfield, Castletroy, Limerick appeared before a special sitting of Limerick District Court yesterday.

She was charged with murdering Mr Rejmer (38), on a date between December 30 and 31 last year.

According to the State's charge sheet, it is alleged Ms Matracka attacked Mr Rejmer with a knife at the house they shared with a third man.

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

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

Concealed

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 in Poland, had been reported missing on January 6 after he was last seen on December 30.

A post mortem on Mr Rejmer's body was carried out on Saturday by State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy. Gardai have not released the findings.

In court, Ms Matracka was remanded in custody to Limerick Prison to appear in court again tomorrow. She was granted free legal aid.

Judge Mary Larkin ordered that she receive all necessary medication while in custody.

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

Mr Rejmer, who had been living in Limerick for ten years, was working in McDonald's in Castletroy. He was a popular member of Dooneen Athletics Club, and had run several marathons including the Dublin City Marathon.

A friend said Mr Rejmer experienced "a lot of bad luck" in his life.

"His mother died in a car crash about ten years ago. His dad died too when he was very small," said his friend Adam Duchnicz, a member of the Carrigtwohill Athletics Club in Cork.

"He had been unlucky in life, but he was always very optimistic. He was a very positive man," he said.

"He was a gorgeous man, very quiet, and very polite."

"He lived for his sport and his marathons."

He said: "We ran many marathons together and we met up and travelled to Dublin together for the marathon every year since 2009."

Tony Fitzgerald, senior chairman of Dooneen Athletics Club, also paid tribute to Mr Rejmer.

"Michal was a loyal and dedicated member of Dooneen AC. He was always proud to wear the club's colours at county and national level, across road; cross country; and track events."

"He was always jolly and he would always greet you with a smile and ask how your family was," Mr Fitzgerald added.

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