Latest: Gardaí renew appeal for Jastine Valdez' bag and appeal for witnesses

9.45pm: Gardaí have renewd their appeal to the public for information on the whereabouts of Jastine Valdez' blue shoulder bag.

Officers investigating the 24-year-old's murder said the shoulder bag was bought in a ‘Next’ shop.

    It contained the following items:

  • 1. A Bershka jacket
  • 2. Nike runners
  • 3. A Leap card
  • 4. An iPad mini
  • 5. Make–up
  • 6. Purple reading glasses with a pink tint.
  • 7. Lip balm.

Gardaí also want to speak to any passengers who travelled with Jastine on the 185c bus on the evening of May 19, 2018.

Anyone with information should contact Bray Garda Station on 01-6665300 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

4.55pm: Remains of Jastine Valdez to be repatriated to Philippines tomorrow

Jastine Valdez's remains are to be repatriated to her native Philippines tomorrow.

Her parents, Teresita and Danilo Valdez, will also be on the flight back to her native country along with the Honorary Consul to the Phillipines Mark Christopher Congdon.

They are expected to arrive in Manila tomorrow afternoon.

1.15am: Relatives of Jastine Valdez meet family of man suspected of killing her

Relatives of a student abducted and murdered in Co Wicklow have met the family of the man suspected of the crime.

Mark Hennessy, 40, was shot dead by a Garda officer south of Dublin last weekend, a little over 24 hours after he is suspected of kidnapping and strangling 24-year-old Jastine Valdez in an apparently random attack in Co Wicklow.

Ms Valdez's body was discovered in thick undergrowth in the Puck's Castle area of Co Dublin last Monday afternoon.

The accountancy student, originally from the Philippines, lived in Enniskerry in Wicklow while Hennessy lived with his partner and two children in nearby Bray.

Gardaí released a joint statement from the two families last night.

"In the midst of our grief both the Valdez and Hennessy families met on Friday morning where we exchanged sympathies with each other on the tragic circumstances that resulted in the loss of our respective loved ones.

"Both families request privacy at this very difficult time."

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman's Commission (GSOC) is investigating the incident that led to Hennessy being shot dead.

- PA


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