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Thursday 14 December 2017

Irishman 'admits stabbing his wife to death' in Swiss flat

An Irishman who was found unconscious beside the body of his wife in Switzerland has admitted stabbing her to death.

Swiss authorities confirmed that Harry Ringwood (48), from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, admitted killing Galina Shevchenko (46) by stabbing her up to 50 times.

Ms Shevchenko, from Kazakhstan, was found dead in the couple's flat in Lutry, a town on the outskirts of Lausanne. Mr Ringwood was lying unconscious close by.

"The husband of the woman found dead in her apartment in Lutry has spoken to the inspectors of the security police and the magistrate in charge of the investigation," Swiss authorities said.

"This man has admitted killing his wife by stabbing her 50 times. He acted after a dispute with his wife. He then attempted to take his own life."

PR executive Mr Ringwood will await his trial in prison.

Under Swiss law, he will not be charged until he is brought before the court.

Police officers spoke to him in hospital earlier this week.

Inspector Dominique 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.

Police made the discovery after receiving a call from a workman who was scheduled to do a job at the address but became concerned when he got no response after ringing the doorbell for some minutes.

motive

Detectives believe there is what Insp Jeckelmann described as a "primary motive" for the killing.

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

Ms Shevchenko's employers, tobacco giant Philip Morris, issued a brief statement.

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

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