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Minister visits victim's family

A junior minister has paid his respects to the family of a Malawian woman murdered in Dublin.

Rudo Mawere's body was found stuffed in a travel bag on Blackhorse Avenue in January. She was fully clothed with a plastic bag over her head.

Joe Costello, minister of state for trade and development, offered his condolences to her siblings Grace, Mary and Kenneth during a visit to her home country.

"The death of Ms Mawere shocked and saddened us all," he said.

"I took the opportunity of my visit to Malawi to meet her sisters and brother and express my deepest sympathy to the whole family on their great loss. I told Mary, Grace and Kenneth Mawere that the thoughts of many Irish people are with their extended family in what is a very difficult time."

Ms Mawere, a 26-year-old student who lived in Rathmines, had been in Ireland for two years when she was murdered.

She was studying for a diploma in human resources at the Business and Computer Training Institute at Parnell Square in Dublin and worked as a part-time cleaner at a hospital in Dublin.

Zimbabwean Jasper Taruvinga, the main suspect for her murder, was found dead in the UK a week later.

During his trip Mr Costello also met senior Malawian politicians, representatives from Ireland's NGO partners and visited Irish Aid-funded projects which support small-holder farmers.

"I was pleased to see how our support to innovative programmes is improving people's lives," he added. "Our funding is supporting grandmothers caring for vulnerable children who were orphaned as a result of HIV and Aids."

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