Sunday 17 December 2017

Man (31) appeared in court charged with murder of young mother found dead at her home

Renars Veigulis and Rita Apine
Renars Veigulis and Rita Apine

Robin Schiller

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a young mother found dead at her Kilkenny home.

Renars Veigulis (31) appeared before a special sitting of Kilkenny District Court this morning where the Latvian man was charged with the murder of his partner Rita Apine (29).

Rita Apine
Rita Apine

She was found at the foot of the stairs at her Freshford home last Sunday afternoon with serious injuries.

She was rushed to St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny but was later pronounced dead.

Det Sgt Sean O'Meara this morning told the court that he formally arrested Mr Veigulis at 8.23pm last night at Kilkenny garda station.

He gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution, and that the accused replied "no" after being charged.

Renars Veigulis
Renars Veigulis

Defence counsel for Mr Veigulis said that due to the seriousness of the charge a bail application could not be made at District Court level.

An application was also made for legal aid, and the accused will appear before Cloverhill District Court on May 26.

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