“I am so sorry. It shouldn’t have happened’ – man charged with murder of partner in Meath

A man accused of murdering his partner at their home in Co Meath on Saturday said: “I’m so sorry. It shouldn’t have happened,” a court heard.

ndrei Dobra, 33, appeared in Trim District Court this morning charged with the murder of Ioana Mihaela Pacala, 30, at her home in Ratoath over the weekend.

Her body was discovered Saturday night at the flat in the Riverwalk Court apartment complex in the town of Ratoath, to which they recently moved.

When first responders arrived just after 6pm, they found Ms Pacala, who was originally from Romania, dead in a bedroom.

Mr Dobra was arrested at the scene and questioned at Ashbourne Garda railway station.

He appeared in Trim District Court this morning where he was charged with the murder of Ms Pacala.

Mr Dobra appeared before Judge Miriam Walsh.

Wearing a pink sweater and dark gray sweatpants, Dobra remained calm during the brief hearing.

The court heard from Detective Garda Michelle O’Brien of Ashbourne Garda Station that Mr Dobra, charged with murder, replied at 11.51pm last night: “I’m sorry about that. It shouldn’t have happened.”

He was taken to Cloverhill Prison on remand to reappear via video link this Thursday, November 17.

His attorney, Maurice Regan, requested a psychiatric evaluation and report while Mr Dobra is in custody.

This was granted by Judge Walsh.

He also applied for legal aid and a Romanian interpreter, saying that although his client has been in the country for seven years and has been working all this time, he now has no work because he is in custody.

He also said that while his client speaks good English, the interpreter would be needed to translate legal terminology.

Judge Walsh also granted these motions.

Ms. Pacala is originally from Romania but has been living in Ireland for some time.

She had just celebrated her 30th birthday last month and had moved into the Riverwalk Court Apartments in the past few weeks.

Family and loved ones of the deceased have paid tribute while expressing their shock.

Her sister Tocoian Estera wrote online: “Smooth way to heaven my beautiful sister you have left a huge pain in your wake.”

A friend of the deceased also said: “I can’t believe you are no longer with us, I am speechless…

“I will never forget you.”

The crime scene remained sealed off yesterday as Gardaí continued to investigate the apartment.

An interim depot has been established at Ashbourne Garda railway station and a lead investigator has been appointed to oversee the inquest into the death.

Her remains were removed from the scene around noon.

Gardaí said they were taken to the City Morgue in Whitehall.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/im-so-sorry-for-that-it-should-not-have-happened-man-accused-of-partners-murder-in-meath-42142628.html “I am so sorry. It shouldn’t have happened’ – man charged with murder of partner in Meath

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