Closing speeches heard in the trial of a woman accused of murder in Cavan

Closing speeches have been heard in the trial of a Latvian woman who denies impeding a murder investigation in Co Cavan.

34 year old Egita Juanmaize of no fixed address is accused of faking her housemate’s suicide in Kilnaleck in the Summer of 2014.

Her defence team says she was forced to do it because she was in an abusive relationship and in fear for her life.

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

At first, gardai thought she had taken her own life as there was a blue rope around her neck however an autopsy showed evidence of blunt force injury on her body.

The court’s heard a Latvian man strangled Antra that night – however he hasn’t been charged as he suffered a traumatic brain injury in Longford during a separate hijacking incident and is now in a nursing home.

This jury has been told this man was a neo-Nazi with racist views and has a swastika tattooed on his chest.

His former girlfriend Egita Juanmaize is on trial accused of making Antra’s death look like a suicide after he had killed her.

The Prosecution say she did this as she didn’t want her boyfriend to be arrested and sent home to Latvia.

However, the Defence say she was forced to do it because she was afraid he would kill her next.

Her barrister said they were in an abusive relationship and she had a reasonable excuse for what she did and she was under duress.