Saturday 15 December 2018

Husband of French woman found stabbed to death charged with murder

  • Financial executive Anne Colomines (37) was found dead at their Dublin apartment
  • Renato Gehlen (35), a Brazilian national, is charged with murdering Ms Colomines
  • Mr Gehlen was himself treated for serious injuries before he was arrested and charged
Anne Colomines with her husband Renato Gehlen
Anne Colomines with her husband Renato Gehlen
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

THE husband of a French woman found stabbed to death at their Dublin home has been charged with her murder.

Renato Gehlen (35) appeared in Dublin District Court today accused of murdering Anne Colomines (37), a financial executive, who was found dead at their apartment in the north of the city.

The court heard Mr Gehlen made no reply to the charge when it was put to him by gardai after caution.

Judge Anthony Halpin remanded him in custody until Thursday.

Mr Gehlen, a Brazilian national, is charged with murdering Ms Colomines at Dorset Square Apartments, Gardiner Street on October 24 last.

Ms Colomines was found with multiple stab wounds at around 11.30pm that night and emergency workers pronounced her dead at the scene.

Mr Gehlen was himself treated for serious injuries before he was arrested and charged.

Today, Garda Seargeant Kenneth Hoare said he arrested the defendant for the purpose of charging him at 9.54am on October 11 at Mountjoy Garda Station.

He was charged at 10.10pm that night and “in reply to the charge after caution he had no reply to make,” Sgt Hoare said.

Mr Gehlen was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Judge Halpin asked Sgt Hoare if the directions of the DPP were available yet.

“Not yet, judge,” he replied.

Defence solicitor Philip Hannon said he did not require a Portuguese interpreter for the court hearing but would need one for consultations.

He asked Judge Halpin to certify for an interpreter.

No bail application was made as bail in a murder case can only be granted at the High Court.

Judge Halpin directed that the accused receives all necessary medical attention, following an application by Mr Hannon.

He also granted free legal aid after Mr Hannon handed a statement of the accused’s financial means in to court.

Sgt Hoare said there was no garda objection to legal aid.

Judge Halpin remanded the defendant in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court Court on November 16.

The accused, wearing a white jumper, grey tracksuit bottoms and runners with no laces did not address the court during the brief hearing and has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

Ms Colomines, who is from La Rochelle in south western France, had been living in Ireland for five years and worked at tech company Pay Pal.

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