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Husband detained after Irish woman is found dead in the Netherlands

She has been named as 64-year-old Martina O’Brien-Viguurs, originally from Co Limerick.

CTXMeWuWUAAn_Xc Forensic investigators outside the home of a 64-year-old Irish woman found dead in the Netherlands on Monday. Source: Den Bosch Police via Twitter

Updated: 9.18 pm

POLICE IN THE Netherlands have started a murder investigation, after a 64-year-old Irish woman was found dead in her home earlier this week.

Her husband has been detained for questioning, and will remain in detention for another two weeks, after appearing in court earlier today.

Martina O’Brien Viguurs was found dead on Monday at her home on Savornin Lohman Street in the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch), in the southern province of North Brabant.

Originally from Rathkeale, Co Limerick, she had previously lived in Douglas, Co Cork, and was a mother of eight, and grandmother to 11 grandchildren.

She is to be laid to rest in Ireland this weekend.

According to a statement by Dutch police, her husband was in the house when police arrived, and was taken into custody on Monday.

denbosch The city of Den Bosch, marked in red on a map of the Netherlands. Source: Google Maps

No details are available on the Irish woman’s cause of death, and a spokesperson for police in East Brabant would only confirm for that the deceased lived at the address where her body was found.

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that it was providing consular assistance to the woman’s family.

According to local news website Brabants Dagblad, the couple’s house had been sold recently, and neighbours reported they had been intending to move to Ireland.

Den Bosch (officially named ‘s-Hertogenbosch) is a city of around 140,000 inhabitants, less than 30 miles north of Eindhoven, and 55 miles north-east of the border with Belgium.

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