A LATVIAN man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his Lithuanian housemate in Limerick city earlier this week.
At Limerick District Court, Detective garda Brian O’Connor, Roxboro Road station, gave evidence of arresting and later charging Arnis Labunskis, 55, with the murder of Dainius Burba, 39, between April 21 and April 22 at 87B Wolfe Tone Street.
Detective O’Connor told the court that the accused made no reply after the caution and was handed a copy of the charge sheet after 10.30pm last night.
A Latvian interpreter was present in court to translate the proceedings to the accused.
Solicitor Muiris Gavin said he had no questions regarding the arrest, charge and caution, and asked to be assigned to the case.
Mr Gavin requested that his client receive all the appropriate medical care while in custody as he has a number of health conditions.
Due to the seriousness of the charge he said the question of bail was not being raised at this time.
Sergeant Donal Cronin, Henry Street station, requested that he be remanded in custody to appear before the court again next Tuesday.
Due to issues of translating court proceedings, he said having the accused appear in court via video-link would not be appropriate.
A large garda presence was maintained in court during the brief hearing before Judge Mary Larkin.
Garda investigations into the case are proceeding and CCTV footage from the area is being examined by gardai.
It is the first murder in Limerick city in 17 months.