Bench warrant issued for Latvian woman who stabbed Tinder date in Limerick

A bench warrant has been issued for a woman who admitted to stabbing a man who she had allegedly met on dating app tinder. 

Inita Romanovska (36) who has an address in Cahercalla, Kilrush Road, Ennis, Co Clare was charged with stabbing Stephen O’Flaherty in the chest, and shoulders at an apartment building on Henry Street, Limerick on March 11th 2020.

Romanovska, who had admitted stabbing O’Flaherty having initially denied the charges,  failed to appear for her sentencing hearing yesterday resulting in a bench warrant being issued for her arrest. 

Defending counsel Michael Bowman SC reportedly told the Central Criminal Court that Romanovska “had not arrived and was not contactable by phone.”

It is understood that Romanovska and O’Flaherty had been on a number of dates before the stabbing took place although the pair were not in a relationship. 

It was alleged that she wore a disguise during the attack and had previously “repeatedly and vehemently denied” that the person caught on CCTV during the assault was her. 

While Romanovska was initially charged with the attempted murder of O’Flaherty, she pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of intentionally attempting to cause serious harm, and has reportedly been on bail since. 

Issuing a bench warrant  for her arrest,  Ms Justice Eileen Creedon postponed the sentencing hearing. 


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