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Woman Charged After Fatal Roscrea Stabbing

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Woman Charged After Fatal Roscrea Stabbing thumbnailGardai sealed off the area at the Maltings, Roscrea, where a man was found stabbed in the early hours of Sunday morning. MT47858PJW

THE COMMUNITY of Roscrea was shocked to learn of the violent death of a man in the town last weekend, which happened when a non-national who had been living in the town for a number of years was stabbed to death in a house he was visiting.
On Tuesday a 45-year-old woman was remanded on bail after being charged in connection with the incident at an apartment in the Maltings area of Roscrea in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Inga Ozalina, with an address at Number Two, the Malthouse, Roscrea, was brought to Thurles District Court on Tuesday morning from Nenagh Garda Station, where she has been held for questioning since her arrest.
She was charged with assault causing harm to Audrius Pukas on Sunday 20th November. He was found with fatal injuries at an apartment at The Maltings in Roscrea in the early hours of Sunday, November 27th.
The court heard Ms Ozalina made a number of replies to Gardai when she was formally charged in Nenagh on Monday night.
Gardai objected to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the charge and that further serious charges could follow.
However, Judge Elizabeth McGrath noted the defendant, who has two daughters in their 20s living in Latvia and Germany, had made her life in Ireland, where she had steady employment for the past 11 years.
She fixed bail on her own surety of €1,000 to be lodged in court and an independent surety of €5,000.
The accused woman, believed to be Hungarian, has already handed over her passport to Gardai and must sign on three times a week at Roscrea Garda station and is due to appear in court again on December 22nd.
People in Roscrea told the Tribune they were very troubled upon hearing the news. The Maltings, a mainly residential area close to Glebe Park and St Cronan's Church, is a very quite area. Several of the apartments in the building where the incident occurred are not currently occupied, neighbours said.
The deceased man had been living in Roscrea with his family for several years and spent some time working with a local building contractor. Neighbours said he had become well known to many people in Roscrea through work and socialising.
One local man who heard the disturbance and was awoken by the activity of the emergency services as they arrived on the scene said people in the neighbouring buildings were 'very shocked.'
'When the tragic news broke there was a sense of shock and disbelief in the town,' local Councillor, Michael Smith, told the Tribune.
'We see things like this on television and in the newspapers all the time, but when it comes to your own doorstep it makes it all very real. I'm aware the Gardai and emergency crews rushed to the scene and got there incredibly quickly, but they weren't able to save the man's life,' he said.
'It's a very quiet area of the town, near the Church and the Dean Maxwell and is mostly a residential area. It has really affected the whole spirit of the town. Gardai from Nenagh rushed to Roscrea and the Gardai are continuing their investigations,' the local Councillor said.
Gardai have issued an appeal for anyone who was in the vicinity of the Maltings in the early hours of Sunday morning to contact them.
Detective Inspector Paddy O'Callaghan, who is leading the investigation, is asking anyone with information to contact them, especially anyone in the area between 11p.m. on Saturday night and 3a.m. on Sunday morning.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Nenagh Garda station on (067) 50450, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

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