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Court Hears Woman Told Gardaí She Was Disgusted When She Found Body

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A woman on trial for simulating the suicide of her housemate in Co Cavan told gardaí she was disgusted when she found her body.

34-year-old Egita Juanmaize of no fixed address denies impeding the prosecution of a man by making a woman's death look like a suicide.

Stephanie Grogan reports from the Central Criminal Court.

Court Hears Woman Told Gardaí She Was Disgusted When She Found Body

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The body of Latvian woman Antra Ozolina was found at her home in Kilnaleck in Cavan in June 2014

At first it was thought the 49-year-old had taken her own life but an autopsy showed evidence of blunt force trauma and neck compression.

The court heard her housemate Egita Juanmaize – who is also Latvian – gave three voluntary interviews to gardaí about the death.

A Detective Garda said Egita told him the two women had been drinking vodka and arguing on the night in question.

Egita said she told her to ‘f** off’ , went to bed and the next morning she said she found her body.

She said it was disgusting and she didn’t want to talk about it.

During a second Garda interview, Egita said a man had also been present at the house that night as he lived there - but she had not mentioned it because she was afraid the landlord would find out.

She gave a third voluntary interview then and soon after, the court heard, she was then no longer treated as a witness but a suspect and was arrested for assault causing harm.

The court heard Egita didn’t know why she was being arrested and said 'I didn’t do it'.


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