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Man appears in court in Trim charged with murder of 30-year-old woman

Gardaí are investigating the death of Ioana Mihaela Pacala at an apartment in Ratoath on Saturday.

LAST UPDATE | 14 Nov 2022

A-33-YEAR-OLD man has appeared at a special court in Trim today charged with the murder in Ratoath of a 30-year-old Romanian woman. 

Andrei Marian Dobra, with an address at River Wall Court, Fairy House Road, Ratoath was charged with the murder of Ioana Mihaela Pacala at the same address on Saturday.

Detective Garda Michelle O’Brien gave evidence of having arrested the accused.

She said that, when charged, the accused replied: “I’m so sorry for that. It shouldn’t have happened”.

Defending solicitor Maurice Regan said his client, who has been living in Ireland for seven years, would not be making an application for bail.

He said that because his client had indicated suicidal tendencies he would ask for a psychiatric assessment and report while he is in custody.

This was granted by Judge Miriam Walsh who then remanded the accused in custody to appear by video link at Trim District Court on Thursday.

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