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Saturday 18 November 2017

Man to appear in court in connection with murder of mum-of-four

Samantha Walsh (inset) was discovered in apartment last Friday
Samantha Walsh (inset) was discovered in apartment last Friday
Gardaí outside an apartment in Waterford City where a woman’s body was discovered on Friday. Pic:Mark Condren
Gardaí outside an apartment in Waterford City where a woman’s body was discovered on Friday (Image: Mark Condren)
Gardaí outside an apartment in Waterford City where a woman’s body was discovered on Friday (Picture: Mark Condren)
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A man is due to be charged in court in connection with the murder of a mother of four in Waterford last week.

The man is due to appear at Waterford District Court on Tuesday morning.

Victim Samantha Walsh (31) was beaten with an implement by her attacker, gardaí believe.

The woman died "in violent circumstances" at her newly rented apartment in Waterford city.

Ms Walsh's body was found lying in the apartment in Thomas Court in Thomas Street in the city at 3pm on Friday.

Gardaí in Waterford launched the murder investigation following the completion of a post-mortem examination by deputy State pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

Victim: Samantha Walsh
Victim: Samantha Walsh

Gardaí are not releasing the results of the post-mortem for operational reasons, but they confirmed they were now conducting a murder investigation.

Neighbours at the complex on Thomas Street said that Ms Walsh, who was from Larchville, Lisduggan, in the city, had moved into the apartment only early last week.

Gardaí outside an apartment in Waterford City where a woman’s body was discovered on Friday (Picture: Mark Condren)
Gardaí outside an apartment in Waterford City where a woman’s body was discovered on Friday (Picture: Mark Condren)

Gardaí were called to the apartment on Wednesday night after reports of the noise of fighting in the apartment.

Paramedics were contacted on Friday afternoon and they found Ms Walsh's body there.

Gardaí outside an apartment in Waterford City where a woman’s body was discovered on Friday (Image: Mark Condren)
Gardaí outside an apartment in Waterford City where a woman’s body was discovered on Friday (Image: Mark Condren)

It is believed that she may have been dead for some hours before she was found.

Forensic gardaí have been combing the Thomas Street, Vulcan Street and O'Connell street areas for a weapon since Friday afternoon.

Supt Chris Delaney has appealed for anybody who was in the area on Thursday night into Friday morning or any possible witness in the case to come forward.

Anyone with information or who saw anything out of the ordinary in the vicinity of Thomas Street is urged to contact gardaí in Waterford city on 051305300 or the Garda Confidential Hotline on 1800666111.

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