Vigil for mother of two Larisa Serban in her hometown of Meath

A vigil will be held this weekend for mother-of-two Larisa Serban, who was killed last Friday.

It will be held in her home town at Athboy Town Park, County Meath on Saturday 20th August at 1pm and the local vicar will be praying.

Ms Serban was 26 years old and was born in Romania but had lived in Ireland for several years.

She lived in Co Westmeath before moving to Athboy with her family about a year ago.

Ms Serban died around 5am on Friday at the house she had rented in Rathmore, near Athboy.

Her partner was remanded in custody with a recommendation that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation after Gardaí accused him of murder.

The defendant, Daniel Blanaru, introduced himself to the Gardaí.

After his arrest, he was taken to Ashbourne Garda Police Station, where he was held overnight for questioning.

On Saturday afternoon he was charged with the August 12 murder of Ms Serban at her home.

Mr Blanaru, 34, who is also Romanian but has an address in Rathmore, Athboy, Co. Meath, appeared before Judge Miriam Walsh in a special session of the Trim District Court on Saturday night.

Dressed in a blue t-shirt, navy sweatpants and running shoes, Mr. Blanaru stood silently during the brief hearing. He listened to the hearing through an interpreter.

Detective Sergeant Colm McNally of Kells Station told the court he had arrested the defendant at 2.05pm on Saturday “for the purpose of charging uncommon law murder in accordance with the instructions of the DPP”.

The defendant was charged at 3.08pm and warned that if he had anything to say it would be taken down and used as evidence.

The court heard “that after being warned, he made no reply and was given a true copy of the indictment.”

Defense attorney Maurice Regan said there could be no bail request at this time.

The District Court cannot grant bail in murder cases which can only be examined by the High Court.

Judge Walsh has remanded Mr Blanaru to appear again Tuesday via video link in Trim District Court.

Mr Regan told the court the translator had been helpful during the investigation.

The judge said it was “absolutely essential” that the defendant have the translator’s assistance at the next hearing.

Mr Regan said his client fell within the legal aid criteria and the judge found there was no Garda objection.

Judge Walsh granted her and she also granted a defense motion to conduct a psychiatric evaluation of Mr Blanaru in custody.

The lawyer explained that there were “a number of issues regarding my advice which he does not accept”. Vigil for mother of two Larisa Serban in her hometown of Meath

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