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Thursday 17 August 2017

'Blood all over flat' as Irishman's wife stabbed '40 times'

The scene in the town of Lutry in Switzerland Photo credit: 24HEURES
The scene in the town of Lutry in Switzerland Photo credit: 24HEURES

THERE was “blood all over” the Swiss apartment where an Irishman’s wife was found dead after being stabbed “at least 40 times”.

Wexford man Harry Ringwood’s wife Galina Shevchenko’s was found dead at their home in Lutry, a town on the outskirts of Lausanne in Switzerland.

Ms Shevchenko (46), who is from Kazakhstan, was found at 3pm on Monday.

She had been stabbed “at least 40 times” according to police Inspector Dominique Jeckelmann who is leading the investigation into her death.

Mr Ringwood (48) – an IT specialist – was hospitalised after he was found unconscious beside her body.

Exact circumstances surrounding the woman’s death have not yet been formally identified in the preliminary stages of the investigation.

Police officers yesterday spoke to Mr Ringwood at his hospital bed.

Although the injuries he sustained were not-life threatening, investigating officers decided to wait until he is “fully aware” to interview him.

Inspector Jeckelmann described what emergency services saw at the couple’s home.

“It was quite a scene, the woman’s body was found in a pool of blood, and there was blood all over the apartment as well. It was a very horrible death,” he said.

Swiss police made the discovery after receiving a call from a workman. The man was scheduled to do a job at the address but became concerned when several attempts to ring the doorbell failed to get a response.

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Eventually he decided to call the police, who arrived at the scene and immediately informed the emergency services.

The entire west side of the Main Street was sealed off to allow forensic officers to carry out examinations of the scene, and Ms Shevchenko’s body was removed shortly after 7pm.

Police believe there is what Inspector Jeckelmann described as a “primary motive” for the gruesome crime.

“However we will not be releasing that motive at this time,” he said.

Ms Shevchenko’s employers, Philip Morris, issued a brief statement on her death.

“We are extremely saddened by this news and our thoughts are with Galina’s family and friends during this difficult time,” a spokesperson said.

The news of her violent death has caused major shock in Mr Ringwood’s home town of Enniscorthy where he comes from an very respected family. An aunt who answered the phone at his mother’s home of did not wish to comment last night.

A local source said the Ringwood family are “extremely distraught” at the horrific events in Switzerland.

The family have known tragedy in the past including the death of Mr Ringwood’s older sister, popular librarian Noelle, who was aged 54 when she was killed in a road accident in 2012.

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