Life sentence for man who murdered girlfriend

Thursday 31 October 2013 23.40
Majority guilty verdict returned by jury
Majority guilty verdict returned by jury

A 46-year-old man has been given a mandatory life sentence after being found guilty of murdering his girlfriend whom he blamed for having him evicted from his flat.

The Central Criminal Court trial heard Drogheda woman Mary Ryan was found unconscious in her boyfriend's Dublin bedsit last year.

The 37-year-old was rushed to hospital, but died soon after due to neck compression and blunt force trauma to the head.

Polish man Waldemar Solowiow had pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms Ryan, but guilty to her manslaughter at his home on Sherrard Street Upper between 18 and 19 May 2012.

The unemployed father-of-two said he and Ms Ryan had had a physical fight the night before she died after their landlord had ordered them to leave the property by the next day.

The jury of eight men and four women found him guilty of murder by a majority verdict.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy imposed the mandatory life sentence on Solowiow.