Crimestoppers appeal for information about gruesome Kilkenny cold case murder

Paiche Onyemaechi
Paiche Onyemaechi

Crimestoppers has today launched an appeal for information in relation to the murder of Paiche Onyemaechi in July 2004.

Paiche Onyemaechi (nee Unyolo) was reported missing at Waterford Garda Station on 10th July 2004.

The Malawian woman’s body was discovered wrapped in plastic bags close to Brenar Bridge, Piltown, Co Kilkenny on July 23, 2004.

It is located roughly two-miles north of Piltown, in the townland of Sandpits, on the road to Templeorum

Investigators believed she died elsewhere and her body was dumped at Piltown.

It is understood that Miss Onyemaechi Unyolo’s head has never been found.

The 25-year-old married mother of two had arrived to Ireland in 1999 and moved to Waterford in May 2001. 

She had been missing for three weeks before her body was discovered

Miss Onyemaechi Unyolo was the daughter of Malawi chief justice Leonard Unyolo, who came to Kilkenny following the news of her murder.

In August 2004, Mr Unyolo met with the then Minister for Justice Michael McDowell to discuss his daughter’s murder.

Speaking today, Detective Superintendent Michael Hennebry of Kilkenny Garda Station said:

“We are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward to help us.

We would like to speak to anyone who feels they have information relevant to this case, particularly those in the African community living in Waterford at the time, and also to the wider African Community living in Ireland.

We are especially interested in speaking to the person who sent an anonymous letter to Gardaí which contained information on the culprits in 2004.”

“With the passage of time people may be more inclined to share information they have in their possession.

“Even the smallest piece of information, which may seem insignificant, might help with the investigation.

“Members of the public can contact us at them at Thomastown Garda Station on 056 7754150 or any Garda Station.

“As an alternative, anybody with information can call Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25. Calls to Crimestoppers are anonymous.

“Callers do not need to leave their name or address. You may receive a reward for information which significantly progresses the investigation.”

“The Crimestoppers concept is simple - the call is free, there is no need to give one’s name, the phone is answered by specially trained Gardaí, and a cash reward may be paid in certain cases.

“Rewards are given at the discretion of the Gardaí.

“The Crimestoppers model is a well tried and well developed model in many countries.”