Body found under plastic in garden in Limerick

A woman has appeared before a special sitting of Limerick District Court charged with murdering one of her housemates.

Monika Matracka, aged 34, with an address at The Pines, Briarfield, Castletroy, Limerick, was charged with murdering Michal Rejmer, aged 38, on a date between December 30 and 31 last year.

According to the State’s charge sheet, it is alleged that Ms Matracka attacked Mr Rejmer with a knife.

It is alleged the accused attacked the victim at the house they shared with a third man at The Pines, Briarfield, Castletroy.

Det Sgt Arthur Ryan gave evidence that he arrested Ms Matracka yesterday morning at Henry Street Garda Station, where he formally charged her with Mr Rejmer’s murder.

“She did not make any reply after caution,” Det Sgt Ryan said.

Mr Rejmer’s body was discovered last Friday, concealed under plastic sheeting, two pallets, and bags of turf, at a garden at the house he shared with Ms Matracka.

Mr Rejmer, originally from Radom, Poland, had been reported missing on January 6 from his home in The Pines after he was last seen on December 30.

Monika Matracka arriving at a special setting of Limerick District Court in connection with the death of a Polish marathon runner Michal Rejmer. Picture: Brian Gavin Press 22.
Monika Matracka arriving at a special setting of Limerick District Court in connection with the death of a Polish marathon runner Michal Rejmer. Picture: Brian Gavin Press 22.

An autopsy on Mr Rejmer’s body was carried out yesterday by Professor Marie Cassidy, the State pathologist. However, gardaí have not released details of the autopsy.

The victim was working in McDonald’s in the Castletroy area of Limerick and had been living in the city for the past 10 years.

He was a popular member of Dooneen Athletics Club, and had run several marathons including the Dublin City Marathon.

Ms Matracka was remanded in custody on remand to Limerick Prison.

In court yesterday afternoon, Judge Mary Larkin ordered that Ms Matracka receive all necessary medication while in custody.

She also ordered that a Polish interpreter be made available to Ms Matracka at Limerick jail for a consultation meeting with her solicitor today, and that an interpreter be made available at the accused’s next court appearance.

Ms Matracka, who was granted free legal aid, was remanded to appear before Limerick District Court again tomorrow .


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