Monday 20 November 2017

Man (55) charged with murder of 39-year-old flatmate

Judge's gavel
Judge's gavel

David Raleigh

A man has been charged with murdering his flat mate at their apartment in Limerick earlier this week.

Arnis Labunskis, 55, with an address at Wolfe Tone Street in the city centre, is accused of murdering Dainius Burba, who would have celebrated his 40th birthday next month, at their flat between last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Mr Labunskis, who was brought to court flanked by two detectives, said nothing during this morning's brief hearing at Limerick District Court.

The accused, who was provided with the services of an interpreter, listened intently as his case was brought before Judge Mary Larkin.

Detective Garda Brian O'Connor, Roxboro Road Garda station, told the court he arrested Mr Labunskis at 10:38pm last night, and charged him with the murder of Mr Burba.

"He made no reply to the charge," Detective Garda O'Connor said.

The court granted the accused free legal aid.

Mr Labunskis's solicitor Muiris Gavin, requested that, "all appropriate medical assistance be provided" to the accused while he remains in the custody of the State.

"He has certain medical needs," Mr Gavin told the court.

Judge Larkin directed the accused receive all necessary medical attention.

She remanded Mr Labunsksis in custody to reappear before Limerick District Court next Tuesday.

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