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Friday 28 July 2017

Man arrested as gardaí probe mum-of-four's violent murder

Victim: Samantha Walsh
Victim: Samantha Walsh

Ciaran Murphy

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a mother of four in Waterford last week.

Victim Samantha Walsh (31) was beaten with an implement by her attacker, gardaí believe.

The woman died "in violent circumstances" at her newly rented apartment in Waterford city.

A garda spokesman said detectives "arrested a man aged in his late twenties". A search for the implement or weapon is continuing in the locality.

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Ms Walsh's body was found lying in the apartment in Thomas Court in Thomas Street in the city at 3pm on Friday.

The Garda spokesman said the arrested man was being detained last night at Waterford garda station.

Gardaí in Waterford launched the murder investigation following the completion of a post-mortem examination by deputy State pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

Gardaí are not releasing the results of the post-mortem for operational reasons, but they confirmed they were now conducting a murder investigation.

Neighbours at the complex on Thomas Street said that Ms Walsh, who was from Larchville, Lisduggan, in the city, had moved into the apartment only early last week.

Gardaí were called to the apartment on Wednesday night after reports of the noise of fighting in the apartment.

Paramedics were contacted on Friday afternoon and they found Ms Walsh's body there.

It is believed that she may have been dead for some hours before she was found.

The 28-year-old man, from Thurles in Co Tipperary, was found at the scene and rushed to hospital for emergency treatment for a suspected overdose.

Forensic gardaí have been combing the Thomas Street, Vulcan Street and O'Connell street areas for a weapon since Friday afternoon.

CCTV from J&C car parks, to the rear of the apartment block, was being analysed by gardaí.

Property owner John Murphy said: "There's a lot of apartments.

"It's just a normal residential area."

Local residents expressed shock and sadness at the death of the young mother.

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Supt Chris Delaney has appealed for anybody who was in the area on Thursday night into Friday morning or any possible witness in the case to come forward.

Anyone with information or who saw anything out of the ordinary in the vicinity of Thomas Street is urged to contact gardaí in Waterford city on 051305300 or the Garda Confidential Hotline on 1800666111.

Irish Independent

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