A 30-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Joselita da Silva in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

Marcao Goncalves da Silva, also from Brazil but living in Tullamore, was charged with the murder of Joselita da Silva at a special sitting of Tullamore District Court today.

Mr da Silva was remanded to Clover Hill prison to appear again at the District Court there in one weeks' time.

The solicitor for Mr da Silva requested that he be put on suicide watch while in prison and that a psychiatric assessment be carried out on him.

The 33-year-old mother of three was found in an apartment in Tara Street in Tullamore last Thursday.

She had been working in Tullamore with a contract cleaning company for the last three years.

Friends say Ms da Silva had intended to travel back to Brazil this week to bring one of her two sons, who lives there, back to Ireland.