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Nurse (35) stabbed to death at apartment near her home

GARDAI are investigating the brutal stabbing to death of a Romanian nurse a short distance from her home.

The body of the woman, named locally as Loradena Pricajan (35), was discovered shortly after 7am at an apartment in the Irish Management Institute (IMI) in the Sandyford Road, Dublin.

It is understood the woman was visiting a man in an apartment at the campus last night. Neither were students at the institute. A man in his late 40s was rushed by ambulance from the scene to the nearby St Vincent's hospital where he underwent surgery. It is understood that the man had knife wounds.

It is believed the woman had been working as a nurse in St Vincent's Hospital and living in Ballawley Court in Dundrum -- just a short distance from where she was killed.

A garda source said last night they were not looking for anybody else in relation to Ms Pricajan's death.

The alarm was raised after a porter investigated a disturbance coming from one of the rooms. He is understood to have discovered the injured man lying on the floor and the woman's body underneath a sheet. A neighbour in Ballawley Court last night described the victim as a "lovely girl".


She added: "We would just see her going in and out, she seemed a very nice girl."

Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell, who lives in the estate, said it was a "very quiet residential area".

"It is a shock, it's dreadful that this poor woman was killed and it's certainly not something that we're used to."

Visitors to the IMI, which regularly hosts conferences with high-profile speakers, said it was an "unusual incident".

"I've used the facilities in the IMI for a number of years and even before the hotel was built it's always been a quiet retreat to get your work done," said Michael O'Brien. Mr O'Brien said he assumed a "dignitary" was visiting the centre when he saw patrol cars yesterday morning.

"There were two police cars present, that's usually a sign there's some dignitary coming or somebody of some note."

A Clonard Road resident, across from the IMI, said it's the second tragedy in the area in recent months. In November, 28-year-old Bill Stafford was run over by a car after falling from its bonnet in Clonard Lawn. The IMI, which runs business courses for managers, has the hotel-style accommodation on its grounds.

It is understood Ms Pricajan visited the centre on Wednesday day, just hours before her body was discovered. A spokesman for the PREM group, which manages the residence quarters of the IMI, said they were assisting gardai in their investigations.

A statement added: "I can confirm that the PREM Group manages hotel accommodation services on behalf of the IMI at its residence quarters in Sandyford. These facilities provide short-term corporate accommodation."

Irish Independent