Woman charged with murder of housemate in Limerick

Monika Matracka charged with murdering Michal Rejmer whose body was found in garden of house


A woman has appeared before a special sitting of Limerick District Court charged with murdering one of her housemates in Limerick.

Monika Matracka (34), with an address at The Pines, Briarfield, Castletroy, Limerick, was charged with murdering Michal Rejmer (38), on a date between December 30th and 31st last year.

According to the State’s charge sheet, it is alleged Ms Matracka attacked Mr Rejmer with a knife at the house they shared with a third man at The Pines, Briarfield, Castletroy.

Detective Sergeant Arthur Ryan, Henry Street Garda station, gave evidence that he arrested Ms Matracka at 11.27am on Sunday morning at Henry Street Garda station where he formally charged her with Mr Rejmer’s murder.

“She did not make any reply after caution,” Det Sgt Ryan added.

Mr Rejmer’s body was discovered last Friday concealed under plastic sheeting, two pallets and bags of turf at a garden at the house he shared with Ms Matracka.

Mr Rejmer, originally from Poland, was reported missing on January 6th. He was last seen on December 30th.

A postmortem on Mr Rejmer’s body was carried out on Saturday by State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy. Gardaí have not released details of the postmortem.

The victim was working in McDonalds in the Castletroy area of Limerick and had been living in the city for the past ten years.

He was a popular member of Dooneen Athletics Club and had run several marathons including the Dublin City Marathon.

Ms Matracka was remanded in custody on remand to Limerick Prison.

In court on Sunday afternoon, Judge Mary Larkin ordered that Ms Matracka receive all necessary medication while in custody.

She also ordered that a Polish interpreter be made available on Monday to Ms Matracka at Limerick jail for a consultation meeting with her solicitor, and that an interpreter be made available for her next court appearance.

Ms Matracka, who was granted free legal aid, was remanded to appear before Limerick District Court again next Tuesday.