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Saturday 18 November 2017

Injured husband in court charged with wife's murder

Victim Anne Colomines
Victim Anne Colomines

The husband of a French woman found stabbed to death at their Dublin home has been charged with her murder.

Renato Gehlen (35) appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday accused of murdering Anne Colomines (37), a financial executive who was found dead last month at their apartment in the north inner city.

The court heard that Mr Gehlen made no reply to the charge when it was put to him by gardai after caution.

Wounds

Judge Anthony Halpin remanded him in custody until Thursday.

Mr Gehlen, a Brazilian nat- ional, is charged with murdering Ms Colomines at Dorset Square Apartments, Gardiner Street, on October 24.

Ms Colomines was found with multiple stab wounds at around 11.30pm and emergency workers pronounced her dead at the scene.

Mr Gehlen was himself treated for serious injuries before he was arrested and charged.

Gda Sgt Kenneth Hoare said he arrested the defendant for the purpose of charging him at 9.54am on Saturday at Mountjoy Garda Station. He was charged at 10.10pm.

Judge Halpin asked Sgt Hoare if the directions of the DPP were available yet.

"Not yet, judge," he replied.

Defence solicitor Philip Hannon said he did not require a Portuguese interpreter for the court hearing, but would need one for consultations. He asked Judge Halpin to certify for an interpreter.

No bail application was made as bail in a murder case can only be granted at the High Court.

Judge Halpin directed that the accused receive all necessary medical attention.

He also granted free legal aid after Mr Hannon handed a statement of the accused's financial means in to court.

Sgt Hoare said there was no garda objection to legal aid.

Judge Halpin remanded the defendant in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on Thursday.

The accused, wearing a white jumper, grey tracksuit bottoms and runners, did not address the court during the brief hearing and has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

Ms Colomines, from La Rochelle in south-west France, had lived in Ireland for five years and worked at PayPal.

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