Friday 20 April 2018

Man held over death of Lithuanian mum-of-two is released

Gardai kept nearby roads closed during forensic examination of the scene
Gardai kept nearby roads closed during forensic examination of the scene

Ed Carty, Ralph Riegel and Tom Brady

A Lithuanian man arrested following the death of a woman found seriously injured on a roadside has been released without charge.

The 35-year-old woman, also from the Baltic state, was discovered by the Couse Bridge roundabout on the outer ring road of Waterford city after midnight on Saturday.

The woman was found by gardai and taken by ambulance to Waterford Regional Hospital where she died.

A 29-year-old man was later arrested and taken in for questioning under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

He was freed late last night.

The woman's death is being treated as suspicious but a hit-and-run accident has been ruled out.

A couple were spotted in a heated row less than an hour before a Lithuanian mother was discovered dying in a pool of blood by a Waterford roundabout.

Gardai were last night trying to determine if the 35-year-old woman, thought to be a mother-of-two, who died from severe head injuries yesterday morning -- was the woman involved in the earlier dispute just off the Waterford ring road.

Detectives are waiting for post-mortem results to determine if the woman sustained her fatal head injuries while falling from a vehicle or in a possible earlier attack.

The woman was discovered lying unconscious in a pool of blood on the Couse Bridge roundabout off Waterford's ring road at 12.15am yesterday.

Despite desperate efforts to revive her, she was pronounced dead from severe head trauma at Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH) shortly after admission.

The Lithuanian man was initially detained on suspicion of drink driving but was later released and arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act before being released again.

Gardai said last night they could be dealing with three separate crime scenes, with a car seized also undergoing forensic analysis.

Garda Superintendent Chris Delaney said gardai were keeping an open mind on the nature of their investigation but appealed for anyone who was in the Kill, Ballindud, Couse Bridge and Tramore Road areas between 11pm on Saturday and 12.30am yesterday to contact them.

"The nature of our investigation will be guided by the post-mortem examination results," Gda Supt Delaney said.

The Irish Independent understands that care staff and members of the East European community are taking care of the woman's three children. The children are believed to be aged under 15 years.


The woman -- who is separated from her husband -- had been living in Ireland for the past two years with her children and working in the Waterford area.

A number of her Lithuanian and Polish friends yesterday made statements to gardai about events last Saturday evening. Gardai have declined to name the woman until all her relatives overseas have been notified.

A full post-mortem was conducted at WRH last night by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jaber. Waterford locals yesterday expressed their shock.

"This is a very quiet area -- you'd see people out walking along there all the time. Everyone is in shock and no one knows what happened," Pat Power said.

Anyone who may have spotted suspicious activity is asked to contact Ballybricken station at 051 305300 or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666111.

Irish Independent

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