Monday 9 December 2019

Woman (34) arrested after body of marathon runner found in back garden to appear in court

Michal Rejmer (38)
Michal Rejmer (38)
The body of Michal Rejmer was found in the back garden of a house in Limerick

Jim Cusack

A woman (34) arrested by gardai after the discovery of a man's body in a garden in Limerick on Friday to be charged in connection with his death.

The woman is due to appear at a special sitting of Limerick District Court today at 1pm.

The remains of Michal Rejmer (38) were found by a friend searching the back garden of a house in The Pines, a small estate at Castletroy on the outskirts of Limerick, on Friday morning.

Gardai arrested a 34-year-old woman and a man on Friday and she is to appear in court today.

State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy carried out a post mortem on Mr Rejmer's body yesterday.

However, gardai are not releasing details of the post mortem for operational reasons.

Mr Rejmer had no known criminal connections and had never come to the attention of gardai in Limerick. A friend, Ms Agnieszka Kanios, described him as a "nice and lovely person who was so quiet''. Ms Kanios said Mr Rejmer had called to her home on the day before he disappeared and was due to return to collect a Christmas present she had for him.

Local people said the body had been found under bags of turf and plastic sheeting in the back garden of the house. The scene was sealed off on Friday until the body was removed for a post mortem carried out yesterday by State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy.

Local people spoke highly of Mr Rejmer who was known as an avid long- distance runner and who worked in McDonald's restaurant in Castletroy.

Mr Rejmer went missing on December 30 and his disappearance was reported to gardai on New Year's Day by work colleagues.

He had been living in the Limerick area for nearly a decade and had been a member of the Dooneen Athletic Club for six years.

Club chairman, Paul Askins, described Mr Rejmer as "one of the nicest guys you would ever meet", adding: "He was extremely fit and a competent runner who completed the Dublin Marathon in just over two hours and 40 minutes last year.

"Michal was always smiling and willing to given anyone a hand. It's a tragedy - he was taken too soon."

Work colleagues said Mr Rejmer was last seen around lunch time on December 30. They had grown increasingly concerned about his disappearance and had helped in the search.

Henry Street Garda Station Superintendent Derek Smart appealed to anyone who was in the vicinity of the Briarfield area since Wednesday, December 30, and noticed any unusual or suspicious activity to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Henry Street Garda Station (061-212400) or the Garda Confidential Line (1800 666 111).

Sunday Independent

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News