Tuesday 21 January 2020

Man jailed for life over murder of girl (19) in email row

Selina Colgan

A CZECH man has been handed down a life sentence after pleading guilty to murdering a female friend following a row over computer messages.

Jakub Fidler (24) murdered his fellow Czech, Nicola Vonkova (19), at Inverin in Galway at an unknown time between July 20 and 21, 2008.

The Central Criminal court was told Ms Vonkova died from strangulation.

Supt Noel Kelly from Salthill garda station gave evidence that Ms Vonkova died after a row about spying on Mr Fidler's computer.

When he was arrested and taken to Galway garda station, Fidler told gardai he had been in the company of Ms Vonkova from 7pm on the evening of July 20 until her death.

The pair first met in the Czech Republic when they were both working at a Tesco store.

Fidler said they had an argument on the way back from the beach in relation to the deceased spying on his email and instant messaging accounts.

Ms Vonkova returned to the house at Inverin and the accused followed some time later, at which point they had a big argument which culminated in Ms Vonkova's death.

Ms Vonkova's family travelled from the Czech Republic for the sentencing yesterday.

Magdalena Vonkova des-cribed her daughter as "extremely self-sacrificing" and someone who had a "strong social sentiment''.

"I am a mother who survived her child and this is a situation no mother is prepared for," she said.

Earlier the court heard that at around 2.30am on July 21, 2008, gardai received a 999 call from Michael Coleman; who told them he was being held hostage by Fidler at his home in Inverin.

Mr Coleman told the gardai Mr Fidler may have murdered Ms Vonkova but he could not be sure as he is blind.


Mr Coleman indicated to gardai he was making the call at the request of the accused who wished to hand himself in.

Upon arriving at the scene gardai found Mr Fidler in a very emotional state; he directed them down a path adjacent to the house. There gardai discovered the teenager's body lying face down in a drain, immersed in water.

During interviews with gardai Fidler made several admissions in relation to the killing and when cautioned by gardai he replied: "I'm sorry."

Mr Justice Paul Carney imposed the mandatory life sentence.

Irish Independent

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