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31-year-old partner of Rita Apine charged with her murder

31 year old Renars Veigulis, who is originally from Latvia but was living at 2 Bridge Street in Freshford has been charged with murdering his partner Rita Apine.

She was found with serious head injuries at the bottom of her stairs at about midday last Sunday.

Ms Apine was treated on the footpath outside by paramedics after the emergency services were called, but died later in St Luke’s General Hospital in Kilkenny.

Mr Veigulis was brought by an unmarked garda car to the courthouse in Kilkenny city at 10.50 this morning for a special sitting of the district court, accompanied by a number of gardaí.

During the hearing, Detective Sergeant Sean O’Meara told the court that he formally arrested the accused at 8.32pm last night and charged him. After caution, Renars Veigulis replied “no”.

Tony Collier, solicitor for the accused said that, given the nature of the charge, there would be no application for bail – Judge Colin Daly granted legal aid.

Inspector Joe Carton applied to the court for a remand in custody to Cloverhill district court on 26 May next and Collier said that this was by consent.

Originally from Latvia, Rita Apine lived at St Teresa’s Terrace in Kilkenny city for some time before moving with her young daughter to rented accommodation in Freshford late last year.

A memorial service in Rita’s honour has been taking place this afternoon at Loughboy in Kilkenny.