Woman who died in Liberty St property named; Man (20s) remains in custody

Investigating Gardaí continue to detain a man aged in his 20s arrested this morning under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at Bridewell Garda Station, Cork.
Woman who died in Liberty St property named; Man (20s) remains in custody

Gardaí in Cork continue to investigate the death of 28-year-old Bruna Fonseca whose body was discovered in a residential property on Liberty Street, Cork City, this morning.

A man in his twenties remains in garda custody in Cork in connection with the suspicious death of 28-year-old Brazilian national, Bruna Fonseca, who was pronounced dead at a flat in Liberty Street in the city this morning.

Ms Fonseca, who was from Formiga in Minais Gerais in Brazil was working as a contract cleaner at the Mercy University Hospital. She was a qualified librarian and a graduate of the Centro Universitário de Formiga. It is understood she had been living in Ireland for less than a year.

The emergency services and gardaí attended at the scene at 6.30am on New Year’s Day. Ms Fonseca was found unresponsive and was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene. Gardaí had met a man known to Ms Fonseca outside the flat and he had taken them to a bedroom in the flat over Picasso Hair Studio on 5 Liberty Street in the city centre.

CPR was carried out on Ms Fonseca but efforts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man was subsequently arrested. He remains in garda custody at the Bridewell Station in Cork city. He was being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be detained for up to twenty four hours from the time of his arrest.

The body of Ms Fonseca was removed from the scene at lunchtime today. Her body was taken to Cork University Hospital for a post mortem examination which was conducted by Assistant State Pathologist, Dr Margaret Bolster. The results have not been released for operational reasons.

 A Garda on duty at the entrance to a residence on Liberty Street, Cork where the body of a women i her 20s was discovered on New Year's Day. Picture Dan Linehan
A Garda on duty at the entrance to a residence on Liberty Street, Cork where the body of a women i her 20s was discovered on New Year's Day. Picture Dan Linehan

The scene was sealed off for a full technical and forensic examination by the Garda Technical Bureau. Efforts will be made to track the last known movements of the deceased. Door to door inquiries will be carried out and CCTV footage from the area will be reviewed. The area is home to a number of businesses so gardaí will be able to access footage which could assist them in their investigation.

Meanwhile, locals and passers-by expressed shock about the passing of the young woman yesterday. One elderly man said it was a "dreadful start to the New Year."

"What is the world coming to? The world has gone mad. That is so sad."

A middle aged man also stopped and said: "God have mercy on her soul" when he realised that a young woman had died suspiciously in the area.

A number of people also expressed disbelief at what had occurred as they made their way in to mass at nearby St Francis Church.

The investigation into the death is being led by a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) and a Garda Family Liaison Officer (FLO) has been appointed to liaise with the family of the deceased. Divisional Scenes of Crime officers are continuing to examine the crime scene which remains sealed off.

Anyone who can assist gardaí with their inquiries is asked to contact the Bridewell Garda Station in Cork on 021 4943330. Alternatively, contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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