A woman has been charged with assaulting her partner who was found dead in an apartment in Roscrea early on Sunday morning.
Inga Ozolina, aged 45, of 2 The Malt House, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, appeared in court in Thurles yesterday morning charged in connection with an incident which occurred at her home.
Audrius Pukas, aged 40, originally from Lithuania but also living at 2 The Malt House, was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services were called to the address at 2.30am on Sunday. Mr Pukas had suffered “apparent stab wounds,” gardaí said.
The court heard that Ms Ozolina is originally from Latvia but has lived in Roscrea for the last 11 years.
She has two daughters, aged 22 and 24, who live in Latvia and Germany. Detective Garda Stuart Beattie told the court that she was arrested at 3.43am on Sunday in Roscrea and taken to the Garda station where she was detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
She was formally charged, with assault causing harm, at 6.12pm on Monday evening, at Nenagh Garda Station, in the presence of an interpreter. In reply to the charge, she said: “I disagree with this charge. I did not assault this man. We did have a fight. I acted in self-defence.”
Gardaí objected to bail, with Detective Beattie saying that the woman has no ties in Ireland and could be a flight risk. There may be “further, more serious charges” against her, he said.
Solicitor John Spencer, for the accused, said she has lived in Roscrea and worked for the same employer in the area for 11 years.
“She would consider herself well settled here in Ireland and a member of the community here,” he said.
“There are very extenuating circumstances in this case. My client will face her trial and give her account of what happened.”
She would probably lose her job if not granted bail, he said, and her employment is still open to her.
Judge Elizabeth McGrath agreed to grant bail, on the accused’s own bond of €1,000 and an independent surety of €5,000, with a €2,000 cash element. Conditions of bail are that she must not leave the jurisdiction; must surrender her passport and not apply for any more travel documentation; must sign on at Roscrea Garda Station three times a week; and must not make any contact with any witnesses.
The judge remanded the accused in custody, with consent to bail, to appear at Nenagh district court on December 22.
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