Thursday 23 January 2020

Man to go on trial after being charged with murder of young mother found dead at her home

Renars Veigulis denies murder of Rita Apine
Renars Veigulis denies murder of Rita Apine
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

The partner of a young woman charged with murder after she was found with fatal injuries has been sent forward for trial.

Renars Veigulis (31) was served with the book of evidence when he appeared in custody before Cloverhill District Court.

The accused, who is originally from Latvia, is charged with murdering Rita Apine at the family home at Bridge Street, Freshford, Co Kilkenny on May 14 last.

Garda Paul Coleman said he had served the book of evidence on the accused.

A State solicitor said the accused goes forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

Judge Kathryn Hutton gave Mr Veigulis the formal alibi caution.

Defence solicitor Tony Collier and two counsel were assigned on legal aid.

The judge also ordered that the book of evidence be translated into Latvian.

Mr Collier said Mr Veigulis was to be sent for trial in custody, and "no application for bail has ever been made".

Judge Hutton further ordered a video copy of interviews gardai conducted with the accused be handed over to his legal team.

The accused has not yet indicated a plea to the charge.

Originally from Latvia, Rita Apine lived  in Kilkenny city for some time before moving with her young daughter to rented accommodation in Freshford late last year.

She was found with serious head injuries at the bottom of the stairs in her rented house in Freshford.

The young woman was treated on the footpath outside by paramedics after the emergency services were alerted, but died later in St Luke’s General Hospital in Kilkenny.

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