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Garda's new plea over 1996 murder

Detectives investigating the unsolved murder of a prostitute 18 years ago believe the killer is likely to have confided about the attack.

Belinda Pereira's body was found in an apartment at Mellor's Court on Liffey Street in Dublin city centre n December 29, 1996, after flying in from England to work in the sex trade.

The 26-year-old, originally from Sri Lanka but a UK resident at the time, had been beaten to death.

Eighteen years on, detectives in Store Street in the capital renewed their appeal for information saying they believe the killer or those who may have assisted in the attack have likely spoken about it in the intervening years.

Gardai said they understand people may be reluctant to come forward but that supporting the investigation may bring some closure to Ms Pereira's family.

Officers said people with information may know those who were involved in the incident or that they have expressed sorrow and regret at having left a young woman in the way that they did.

Ms Pereira had arrived in Ireland from London on Christmas Eve and had been planning to return to Britain on New Year's Day. She was in Ireland to work as an escort during the holiday period.

Investigating officers appealed for people with information to do what they said was "the right thing", make contact and report what they know to the incident room at Store Street Garda Station, on the Garda Confidential Line or any Garda station.

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