A 46-year-old man has pleaded guilty to murdering Rose Hanrahan, 78, at her Limerick home four years ago.

Ms Hanrahan was found strangled in her home, on New Road, Thomondgate, Limerick, on 15 December 2017.

Alexandru Iordache, originally from Romania, replied "guilty" when he was charged with the murder at the Central Criminal Court today.

Through an interpreter, he said: "I feel sorry for what I did."

Mr Justice Michael White remanded Iordache in custody for sentencing next month.

The body of Ms Hanrahan, who was a widow and lived alone, was found by relatives.

Gardaí believe Ms Hanrahan was killed during a robbery and they identified Iordache as the primary suspect.

He fled the country and remained at large for over two years.

Gardaí secured a European Arrest Warrant and Ioradache was subsequently found in the UK and extradited from Sussex in January 2020.

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Members of Ms Hanrahan's family were in court today.

Mr Justice Michael White remanded Iordache for sentencing and told the victim's family that they can come to court to give evidence of the effect of Ms Hanrahan's death on them.

Iordache will remain in custody and will be for sentenced next month. He faces the mandatory term of life in prison.