Wednesday 16 August 2017

Woman found guilty of her ex-partner's manslaughter

A jury of six men and six women found Matracka not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter by a majority verdict of 11-1. Stock picture
A jury of six men and six women found Matracka not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter by a majority verdict of 11-1. Stock picture

Alison O'Riordan

A woman who claimed she was defending herself has been found guilty of the manslaughter of her housemate and former partner.

The Central Criminal Court heard evidence that Monika Matracka (35) told gardaí she killed Michal Rejmer (38) but acted in self defence and was "the victim".

Yesterday, a jury of six men and six women found Matracka not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter by a majority verdict of 11-1. They had deliberated for five hours and 38 minutes.

Matracka, with an address at The Pines, Briarfield, Castletroy, Co Limerick, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Rejmer at that address at a time unknown between 8pm on December 30 and midnight on December 31, 2015.

Mr Justice Paul Butler thanked the jury for its time and exempted it from jury service for 10 years.

"Thank you all very much, you worked very hard at this matter," he said. Mr Justice Butler remanded Matracka in custody until March 6. There will be no victim impact statement.

Irish Independent

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