A 39-year-old man who was found guilty of murdering his wife Anne Colomines in their Dublin home four years ago has been sentenced to life in prison.
Renato Gehlen, a Brazilian national, was found guilty in September for the murder of his wife after he stabbed her four times at the apartment they shared in Dorset Square, Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, on October 25, 2017.
Mr Justice Michael McGrath sentenced Gehlen to the mandatory life term, after hearing statements from Anne’s mother Danielle Gallard, sister Alexandra, father Jean Louis, along with other members of the tragic woman’s family.
Anne’s mother Danielle, who was not able to travel in person from France, described to the court how her life had lost meaning since her daughter’s murder and added that: ‘Anne was my friend, my love, a beautiful, intelligent woman.’
Gehlen had pleaded not guilty to killing his wife, claiming that the stab wounds were self-inflicted, but his claims had been rejected by the jury at the Central Criminal Court when a unanimous guilty verdict was returned.
During the murder trial, Gehlen had claimed that his wife stabbed herself four times, including a fatal injury that penetrated her heart and a 20cm long knife wound to her neck, according to The Irish Times.
The prosecution had said Gehlen’s account was ‘ridiculous’ and ‘insulting’ to the jury. The accused told gardaí that Colomines had a knife and that he didn’t know if she was going to do something to him or herself.
Anne and Gehlen married in 2012 after the pair met while they were both working in PayPal.
The trial had heard evidence that in the months leading up to Anne’s death there had been problems in the five-year marriage and Gehlen had taken to spying on his wife’s computer activity.
Later, Gehlen discovered that his wife had met someone else in her home country the summer before her death. On the night of her murder, the court heard Colomines exchanged 296 messages with her new French boyfriend.
It was 30 minutes after the last between the two at 11.06pm, that gardaí and the emergency services discovered her body in her apartment bedroom.Internet Explorer Channel Network