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Saturday 24 August 2019

Accused in court over mum's stab murder

Victim Skaidrite Valdgeima died of stab wounds
Victim Skaidrite Valdgeima died of stab wounds

A man has been charged with the murder of a mother-of-three stabbed to death in a Dublin city centre apartment.

Valerijs Leitons (22) appeared in court accused of killing Skaidrite Valdgeima (34), who was found fatally wounded on Wednesday.

He was remanded in custody by Judge John Cheatle, to appear in court again next week.

Mr Leitons, of St Kevin's Gardens, Dartry, is charged with the murder of Ms Valdgeima, who died after suffering fatal stab wounds in an apartment at Binary Hub, Bonham Street, in the south inner city on June 26.

He had been arrested on Wednesday and detained at Kevin Street Garda Station before being charged.

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Detective Inspector David Harrington said he arrested the accused for the purpose of charge at 9.03pm on Thursday. Mr Leitons did not reply when charged and cautioned at 10.08pm.

Det Insp Harrington said Mr Leitons was assisted by a Russian translator throughout his time in custody.

An interpreter also assisted the accused in court.

His barrister Eamonn O'Moore made no bail application as bail can only be granted at High Court level on a murder charge. The judge granted free legal aid after Mr O'Moore said the accused was in receipt of disability allowance.

The judge directed that the accused is to receive all relevant medical and psychiatric assistance while in custody.

Mr Leitons, dressed in a grey sweater, navy blue tracksuit bottoms and dark runners, and with his right thumb in a bandage, was not required to speak during the brief hearing.

He will appear in Cloverhill District Court next Friday.

Ms Valdgeima lived with her husband and children at Deerpark Walk, Blessington, Co Wicklow. Gardai were called to the Bonham Street apartment at 3.40am, finding her seriously injured. She was taken to St James's Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Ms Valdgeima had worked in retail, graphic design and building websites, and more recently as a translator.

Gardai sealed-off two crime scenes after the incident, at Bonham Street and nearby Bridgefoot Street.

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