BMW's movements may be key to Latvian mother's murder

The movements of a black BMW could hold the key to the cold-blooded shooting of a mother-of-two at her north Dublin home, it emerged today.

The movements of a black BMW could hold the key to the cold-blooded shooting of a mother-of-two at her north Dublin home, it emerged today.

Gardaí have appealed for any information on the stolen vehicle, which was discovered burnt out on the night Latvian Baiba Saulite was murdered in Swords.

Senior officers investigating the horrific killing called for people across all spectrums of society to come forward with any knowledge they have on the contract killing.

They are particularly looking for details on the movements of the BMW 520D - registration – 06 D 68850 – which was stolen from a family home in Blackrock, south Dublin, on November 7, and found near the murder scene.

Uniformed gardaí have been handing out leaflets in English, Latvian, Arabic and Russian to shoppers on Swords Main Street, urging witnesses to speak out.

Crimestoppers has also offered €10,000 cash reward for specific information leading to the identification of the person or persons responsible for Ms Saulite’s murder.

“This was a truly horrific crime,” said Detective Inspector Walter O’Sullivan.

“I would appeal to all persons who enjoy life, who love life, and all that life has to offer, to come forward.”

The officer said there are no words left to describe the horrific murder, which happened on the Holywell housing estate, Feltrim Road, Swords, at 9.45pm on Sunday, November 19.

He told how Ms Saulite, 28, had just put her children – Ali four and three-year-old Mohammed – to bed and as she went outside with a friend to smoke a cigarette a gunman approached and shot her dead.

It later emerged she had previously told her friends and neighbours that she was concerned for her safety, but had not made an official garda complaint.

Her solicitor John Hennessy had also received death threats, including an attempted arson attack on his house last February.

“This is a murder, an horrific crime,” he continued.

“A young woman gunned down in the prime of life, the mother of two children.

“I would ask those, all persons, all across the spectrum of society, to come forward with information with regard to it.

“We are hoping that this campaign will encourage anyone who has information, no matter how insignificant they think it may be, to come forward.”

Last night hundreds of mourners gathered in St Colmcille’s Catholic Church to remember the loving mother in a poignant service.

Her estranged husband Hassan Hassan, who is serving a four-year prison sentence for handling stolen goods, last week failed in his appeal for temporary escorted release from prison to attend the service and help care for his sons.

“Someone has information that will help solve this terrible murder,” added a spokesperson for Crimestoppers.

“Gardaí want to hear from anyone who may help with their enquiries. A reward of 10,000 euro may be given if the information leads to the identification and conviction of whoever is responsible for the murder.”

Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers free on 1800 25 00 25 or the Garda Confidential Telephone line on 1800 666 111.

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