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Bruna Fonseca Garda Press Office

Man appears in court charged with the murder of Bruna Fonseca

Her body was discovered in an apartment in Cork city on New Year’s Day.

LAST UPDATE | 2 Jan 2023

A MAN HAS been charged with the murder of 28-year-old Brazilian national Bruna Fonseca, who was found dead in a flat in Liberty Street in Cork city centre on New Year’s Day.

Miller Pacheco, 29, who is originally from Formiga in Brazil, but who was living at Room 3, 5 Liberty Street, appeared before a special sitting of Cork District Court where he was charged in connection with the death of his former partner.

The charge read that on 1 January 2023 at 5 Liberty Street, he did murder one Bruna Fonseca contrary to common law.

Evidence of arrest charge and caution was given by Det Garda Padraig Harrington. The court heard that Pacheco made no reply when the charge was put to him under caution at 3.57pm today. The charge was translated for him by an interpreter.

Defence solicitor Aoife Buttimer asked that her client receive all necessary medical treatment whilst in custody.

Free legal aid was granted in the case after Buttimer told Judge John King that her client was employed but was in receipt of a low income.

Pacheco was remanded in custody to appear before Cork District Court again on 9 January. He will appear by video link. Sgt Pat Lyons said that a translator will be required for the brief hearing.

Ms Fonseca was a native of Formiga in Minas Gerais, Brazil. She was a qualified librarian and graduated from the Centro Universitario de Formiga in 2018. She moved to Cork in September 2022 and was working as a contract cleaner in the Mercy University Hospital.

Her body was removed from Room 3 Flat 5, Liberty Street at lunchtime on New Year’s Day. The scene was sealed off and a full forensic examination was carried out.

A postmortem was carried out on Ms Fonseca at Cork University Hospital by Assistant State Pathologist, Dr Margaret Bolster.

The results of the post mortem were not released.

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Olivia Kelleher