Saturday 16 December 2017

Gardai fear woman's hanging was staged

Gardai are preparing a file for the DPP in relation to the suspicious death of a 49-year-old mother-of-one who it was initially thought committed suicide.

A detailed investigation is continuing into the death of Antra Ozolina whose body was found at her home in Main Street, Kilnaleck, Co Cavan on Saturday morning.

Sources told the Herald that the woman was found hanged and her death was initially treated as suicide. However, gardai now believe that this was staged.

However a post-mortem at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan revealed that there may have been other injuries suffered by the tragic woman who is a Latvian national and had been working as a mushroom picker in the locality.

Two Eastern Europeans were arrested in Kilnaleck on Monday afternoon and were detained in Cavan town and Ballyconnell Garda Stations before being released without charge at 8am yesterday.

The two suspects are also Latvian nationals.


A senior source told the Herald today: "Gardai believe that at the very least that this woman may have been assaulted, all aspects of this matter are under investigation."

It has emerged that she had booked flights to return to Liepa in eastern Latvia and was to fly out of Dublin airport on July 20.

It is understood the trip was a holiday she had planned for some time.

Antra, who has a daughter in her 20s, was living in Kilnaleck and had worked for Breffni Mushrooms for 10 years.

Eugene Kiernan, business owner at Breffni Mushrooms, described her as "happy-go-lucky and hard working".

"She always had a smile on her face. She worked 40 hours a week and never missed a day in 10 years," he said.

"I don''t know if she was married or had a partner; her personal life was her own business.

"She was really looking forward to returning home later this month. It was nothing unusual; she returned home number of times throughout the year."


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