Thursday 22 February 2018

Man charged in relation to death of Rita Apine

Rita Apine
Rita Apine
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A man has been charged with the murder of a mother found dead at her Kilkenny home.

Rita Apine (29) was found at the foot of her stairs in Freshford with serious injuries last Sunday.

The Latvian woman later died after being rushed to St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny city.

A man in his 30s was arrested at the time but later released without charge.

He was re-arrested on Friday under section four of the criminal justice act and sources have confirmed that he was charged at Kilkenny station this evening.

It is believed that he was known to the victim.

He will appear before a special sitting of Kilkenny District Court at 11am tomorrow morning.

Ms Apine moved into a rented house last December having lived for some time in Kilkenny city before that.

The suspected murder victim and her daughter moved into the private rented house in Freshford late last year, having initially sought housing from Kilkenny County Council, and previously lived at St Teresa's Terrace in the city.

Ms Apine was not working but was hoping to learn to drive later this year and seek work when her daughter started pre-school.

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