Thursday 19 April 2018

Polish man charged with murder of his partner Mary Ryan (37)

Tom Tuite

A POLISH man had nothing to say after he was charged with the murder of his 37-year-old partner in Dublin at the weekend, a court was told today.

On Saturday morning, gardai went to Mary Ryan's residence at Sherrard Street, Dublin 1 after receiving reports regarding injuries she had sustained.

Mary, who was originally from Drogheda, Co. Louth, was found unconscious at the foot of stairs and was brought to the Mater Hospital where she subsequently died.

On Sunday 44-year-old Waldemar Solowiow was arrested in Dublin city in connection with the investigation and was detained at Mountjoy Garda Station under Section 4 Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Today, Mr Solowiow with an address at a flat at 3 Sherrard St, was brought before Dublin District Court charged with the murder of Ms Ryan at his home which he had shared with her. She was allegedly murdered on Friday or Saturday last week.

Detective Garda Ian Brunton told Judge Grainne Malone that Mr Solowiow was charged at 11.59 pm on Monday after which he replied “nothing”. Det Gda Brunton asked the judge to remand him in custody for one week.

Judge Malone said that given the nature of the charge bail could not be granted in the district court.

Dressed in a green jacket, check shirt, navy blue combat trousers and black shoes, Mr Solowiow spoke briefly during the proceedings which were translated for him by a court assigned interpreter.

He confirmed that he was unemployed, on social welfare and he nominated a solicitor to represent him.

Judge Malone also agreed to requests from defence solicitor Alice O'Reilly to certify for a Polish interpreter for her consultation with Mr Solowiow and to recommend that he was to receive appropriate medical attention in custody.

The defence solicitor explained that Mr Solowiow may have medical difficulties, adding that they could be physical and possibly psychological.

Judge Malone granted legal aid and remanded Mr Solowiow, who has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge, in custody to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on May 29, pending the preparation of a book of evidence.

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