Monday 23 September 2019

Jury begins deliberations in trial of man accused of murdering partner

Renars Veigulis denies murder of Rita Apine
Renars Veigulis denies murder of Rita Apine

Eoin Reynolds

A jury has begun considering their verdict in the trial of a 32-year-old who denies murdering his partner.

Renars Veigulis of Old Bridge Street in Freshford, Co Kilkenny has pleaded not guilty to murdering Rita Apine (29) at their home on or about May 14, 2017. He is on trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Mr Veigulis told gardai that he was in the kitchen playing with his daughter when he heard a "boom, boom, boom" and then found his partner bleeding at the bottom of the stairs. The prosecution said that the deceased's injuries were not consistent with a simple fall down the stairs but that Mr Veigulis beat her to death.

Ms Justice Tara Burns today told the jury of eight men and four women not to discuss the trial with anyone outside their number and asked them to return to recommence their deliberations tomorrow.

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