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Friday 19 January 2018

Chief suspect in brutal murder of Anne called 999 after stabbing

Victim Anne Colomines, who was brutally stabbed to death in her home
Victim Anne Colomines, who was brutally stabbed to death in her home
Forensic officers attend the scene
A grey van removes the body

This is the face of the young woman who was brutally stabbed to death in her Dublin home.

Anne Colomines was murdered during a violent incident at the flat in Dorset Square on Tuesday night.

The Herald can reveal that the chief suspect for the killing of the 37-year-old dialled 999 operators in the aftermath of Ms Colomines' death and made admissions in relation to the crime.

"Emergency services were alerted to the incident by an individual admitting to the killing," a senior source said.

Ms Colomines was a French national who worked as a senior financial agent with the Dublin office of a multi-national company. Preliminary investigations have established that she was stabbed several times in the body in what was a frenzied attack.

Wounds

The Frenchwoman also received a knife wound to the neck, and investigators are probing the possibility that her killing was premeditated.

Her husband, Brazilian national Renato Gehlen (35), was also discovered by emergency services at the scene with life-threatening knife wounds.

He was rushed to the Mater Hospital and underwent emergency surgery yesterday morning.

Investigators are anxious to speak to Mr Gehlen in the hope that he can shed light on the circumstances surrounding his wife's death.

Last night he was still being treated for a knife wound to his chest.

"The surviving man will prove crucial to garda inquiries and will be able to help detectives establish what happened in that house," a source said.

Gardai were alerted to the incident at around 11.30pm on Tuesday night, with a number of Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) crews also rushing to the scene.

Ms Colomines was pronounced dead at the scene. A knife, believed to be the weapon used in the killing, was recovered in the aftermath of the crime.

A murder investigation has been launched by detectives at Mountjoy Garda Station, and gardai are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Kind

It is understood that Ms Colomines had been living and working in Ireland for some time, and was based with a Dublin company for the past five years.

She was an animal lover and several times referenced the Phibsboro Cat Rescue charity on her social media account.

The organisation confirmed that she had been in touch with it in the past with a view to volunteering 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.

While members of the garda's technical bureau carried out a forensic examination of the scene yesterday morning, a representative of the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was called to the scene and later left with a cat in a basket.

The scene at the Dorset Square apartments remained sealed off throughout yesterday and gardai 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 when they woke up to find gardai present on the premises.

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

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

It was at this car park that an ambulance from the city morgue arrived at around noon yesterday. Ms Colomines' body was removed a short time later for a post-mortem.

The apartments remained sealed off for a time after the body was removed.

A local woman who viewed the aftermath of the scene said that she saw the commotion at the flats just after midnight on Wednesday.

"I saw loads of flashing lights and I saw the ambulances and gardai," she said.

"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 gardai on the footpath outside the building and she broke down as she spoke.

"It's terrible," said the shocked local woman.

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