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Murder investigation launched after discovery of woman's body in bag

The woman’s body was found in a suitcase on Blackhorse Avenue yesterday morning.

The scene at Blackhorse Avenue yesterday.
The scene at Blackhorse Avenue yesterday.
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING A body found in a suitcase in Dublin yesterday morning have officially launched a murder investigation.

The body of a 26-year-old black woman was discovered in a large travel bag on the pavement at St. David’s Terrace on Blackhorse Avenue at about 8.30am Sunday.

RTÉ has reported that the victim, a student originally from Malawi, had been living in Rathmines in South Dublin for the past two years.

She was fully clothed and a plastic bag covered her head when she was found in the bag on Sunday. Gardaí believe the hold-all was placed on the street on Saturday afternoon, some time before 7pm.

She died from asphyxiation, according to the post mortem carried out last night. Gardaí have been in contact with the Embassy of Malawi in London. The victim will not be formally named until her family has been contacted.

Gardaí are appealing to people, particularly anyone who may have seen unusual or suspicious behaviour in the area or anyone who may have any information, to contact them at the Bridewell Garda Station on 01 666 8200 or the Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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