Man with bandaged hand sought by Gardaí investigating Limerick violent death

A Garda at the entrance to the apartment block where the young woman's body was found.

GARDAÍ are looking for a man seen entering a shop with one of his hands bandaged as part of their investigations into the violent death of a young Romanian woman in Limerick yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon.

Gardaí interviewed staff at the shop and removed a number of items from the premises which is situated close to the scene of the fatal assault on the woman who was aged in her 20s.

The man entered the shop with one of his hands wrapped in a makeshift bandage. He washed  his hands and left the premises with his hand still wrapped in the makeshift bandage.

Gardaí are anxious to speak to the man to rule him in or out of their enquiries.

Asked for an official response, a Garda spokesman replied: “An Garda Siochana does not comment on specifics of ongoing investigations.”

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The woman’s body was found inside an apartment block on Dock Road, just off O’Curry Street, around 1.30pm.Gardaí said the woman died in a “fatal assault” around 1.30pm, but didn’t disclose specific details of her injuries.

There were about 16 apartments inside the building where the body was found, occupied by a mixture of both Irish and migrant single professionals and families.

Prayers were being said for the victim at the Redemptorist church, a few streets away from where her body was found.

Redemptorist Rector Fr Seamus Enright said: “We are horrified that such violence has come to our own community.

“We remember the young woman in our prayers and all those who are grieving for her, and we will be pray for her especially at Mass this evening and tomorrow,” he said.

“A death like this reminds us of how precious life is and how we must do everything we possibly can to protect and enhance life – and I’d appeal to anybody with information to cooperate with An Garda Siochana,” Fr Enright added.

Limerick Fianna Fáil TD, Willie O’Dea said it was an unspeakable tragedy.

“Death by violence is always a terrible tragedy, but it’s definitely worse when the person is young, in their 20s, with their whole life in front of them.

“There are a lot of cameras around the area so there could be some information available to Gardai).  I would ask the public to cooperate fully to make sure there is a successful prosecution for this horrific crime,” he added.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Abul Kalam Azad Talukder appealed to the community to be careful.

“People in the area are very shocked. In the last five to ten years, this arena has improved a lot. If you were talking about ten to fifteen years ago it was different, but today there are a lot of young families, professional people, living here.”