The body of Rosarie (Rose) Patterson, 30, of 17 Park View, Clonakilty, Co Cork, was found in a pool of blood in Hadim Kedik’s flat above the For Fir barber shop on Connolly Street where he worked, at about 11.40am on Thursday.
He was found unconscious on the floor nearby with what are believed to have been self-inflicted wrist and neck injuries.
A post mortem on Ms Patterson’s body carried out by assistant State pathologist, Dr Margaret Bolster, at Cork University Hospital (CUH) yesterday morning confirmed the young mother died a violent death.
Superintendent Pat Maher, who is leading the investigation, said he would not be releasing the results of the post mortem for operational reasons.
But he confirmed that Mr Kedik, aged 32, will form part of their investigation.
Mr Kedik, who has worked at For Fir since 2002, was still recovering from his injuries in CUH last and is expected to remain in hospital until tomorrow at least.
Gardaí have yet to interview him formally but they are hoping to get the all clear from his doctors later today.
Meanwhile, gardaí conducted house-to-house enquiries in the Connolly Street area yesterday as members of the Garda Technical Bureau concluded a detailed examination of Mr Kedik’s small flat.
The forensic experts spent most of the time in the open plan kitchen-cum-living room area where it is understood Ms Patterson’s body was found alongside her unconscious ex-partner.
It is also understood that a knife was recovered from the kitchen which gardaí believe may have been used in the killing.
An incident room has been set up at Clonakilty garda station and Supt Maher appealed for anyone who may have seen Ms Patterson around the Connolly Street area on Wednesday afternoon, that night, or particularly from midnight into the early hours of Thursday morning, to contact gardaí at 023-21570.