Thursday 19 July 2018

Woman (37) killed in suspected domestic incident named locally as gardai launch murder investigation

  • Gardaí launch murder investigation
  • Woman (37) pronounced dead at the scene in city home
  • Deceased is a French citizen, believed to have been stabbed
  • Man (35) hospitalised with serious injuries
  • Knife used during attack is recovered
  • Gardaí are treating it as a domestic incident
Anne Colomines
Anne Colomines
Forensic gardai at the scene of a murder investigation at Dorset Square
Gardai at the scene of a murder investigation at Dorset Square
Scene of the fatal stabbing of a female in an apartment block Dorset Square on Gardiner St Dublin. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Scene of the fatal stabbing of a female in an apartment block Dorset Square on Gardiner St Dublin. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Scene of the fatal stabbing of a female in an apartment block Dorset Square on Gardiner St Dublin. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Gardai investigate a murder at a property on Gardiner Street in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate a murder at a property on Gardiner Street in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate a murder at a property on Gardiner Street in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate a murder at a property on Gardiner Street in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Emergency services are at the scene at Mountjoy Square

Conor Feehan and Alan O'Keeffe

Gardaí have launched a murder investigation after a woman (37) has died following a suspected domestic incident.

A man has been hospitalised following the incident in a property on Gardiner Street in Dublin's north inner city.

The incident was reported at approximately 11.30pm on Tuesday night.

The property was sealed off as gardaí, Dublin Fire Brigade and paramedics attended the scene.

Anne Colomines has been named as the victim
Anne Colomines has been named as the victim

When they arrived, they discovered the woman (37) and man (35) with serious injuries.

Dublin Fire Brigade treated both people at the scene, and the woman was pronounced dead.

The victim has been named locally as French woman Anne Colomines.

The 35-year-old lived at the Dorset Square apartment complex with her partner, and worked as a senior financial agent for the Dublin branch of a multi-national company.

Gardai forensic at the scene of a murder investigation at Dorset Square
Gardai forensic at the scene of a murder investigation at Dorset Square

From her Facebook page it is evident that Ms Colomines was an animal lover with a particular interest in cats.

Several times she references the Phibsboro Cat Rescue charity who today confirmed that she had been in touch with them in the past with a view to volunteering with them and carrying out fundraising activities.

"She was a really kind lady. We are very sad to hear what has happened," said a spokeswoman for the charity.

The injured male is from Brazil and is reported to be the woman's partner. He was treated at the scene and transferred to the Mater Hospital, Dublin 1.

Forensic gardai at the scene of a murder investigation at Dorset Square
Forensic gardai at the scene of a murder investigation at Dorset Square

Gardaí based at Mountjoy Garda Station are investigating and the Garda Technical Bureau arrived at the scene shortly before 10am on Wednesday morning.

They have recovered what they believe to be the knife used during the attack.

Gardaí are treating it as a domestic incident.

The scene at the Dorset Square apartments remained sealed off this morning and members of the garda technical bureau arrived early to carry out an examination of the apartment.

Residents leaving early for work said they did not know what had happened and were shocked to wake this morning and find gardai on the premises.

The Dorset Square is a large modern block of apartments built behind the period houses on Gardiner Street close to the Dorset Street junction.

The underground carpark is accessed by a lane at the rear of the apartments.

Gardai at the scene of a murder investigation at Dorset Square
Gardai at the scene of a murder investigation at Dorset Square

It was to this car park that an ambulance from the city morgue arrived at around 12 noon.

Ms Colomines body was removed a short time later for post mortem.

A local woman who came on the aftermath of the scene said that she saw the commotion just after 12am.

“I saw loads of flashing lights and I saw the ambulances and gardaí,” she told Independent.ie.

“I saw a man being carried out of the building on a stretcher. He had an oxygen mask on his face and I don’t know if he was conscious,” the 60-year-old mother of two added.

“I saw what appeared to be a woman talking to gardaí on the footpath outside the building and she broke down as she spoke. It’s terrible,” said the shocked local woman.

Among the garda vehicles at the scene were a number of armed support unit as well as at least three fire engines and a number of ambulances.

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