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Mum charged over killing of daughter (3)

A 34-year-old mother was brought before a special sitting of a court last night charged with the unlawful killing of her three-year-old daughter four years ago.

Monika Paczkowska, of Fountain Court in Tralee, Co Kerry, was charged at Killorglin District Court with the unlawful killing of Sefora Kycwak at 55 Killeen Woods, Tralee, on or about August 5, 2005.

Detective Sergeant Fearghal Patwell told Judge James O'Connor that bench warrants issued for Ms Paczkowska's arrest in 2006 and 2007 had now been executed.

Ms Paczkowska -- a member of the Polish Roma community -- had made no reply to the charge at the garda station in Tralee earlier that day, the detective said.

A Polish interpreter was sworn in at the start of last night's proceedings.

Inspector Derek Smart applied to remand the woman to Limerick Prison to appear again on January 27 at Tralee District Court.

David Ramsey, solicitor for Ms Paczkowska, said he would not be objecting to the garda application for remand in custody.


The DPP had already directed the matter be returnable to the Circuit Court, Insp Smart said.

Judge O'Connor remanded the accused in custody and extended time for the book of evidence to be presented.

He also asked the interpreter if Ms Paczkowska understood fully the charge facing her and the interpreter confirmed that "she understands she is charged with killing her child".

Ms Paczkowska was arrested in London on foot of a European arrest warrant some days ago.

Gardai from Tralee travelled to London and escorted her to Kerry yesterday.

Irish Independent