38 min

111 - Unsolved: The killing of Belinda Pereira Mens Rea: A true crime podcast

    • Documentary

On the 29th of December, 1996, Gardai were called to a flat on Liffey St in Dublin city centre. Inside was the body of 26 year old British-Sri Lankan woman, Belinda Pereira, who was staying in Dublin for just a week. The nature of her trip prompted many inches of tabloid fodder. She had come to Dublin in order to carry out sex work. 


But the voyeuristic media attention on Belinda's case did not last long. 


Sadly, today, her name is all but forgotten. 


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Theme Music:



Quinn’s Song: The Dance Begins Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/



Additional Music:   Allemande (Sting) by Wahneta Meixsell. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/




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Sources:



John Maher, “Parents due to arrive to identify murder victim” in The Irish Times (1 January 1997) p. 4.



Stephen Rae, “New 'Flying Squad' ready to smash the crime lords” in The Evening Herald  (4 January 1997) p. 2.


“New breakthrough in search for killer” in The Evening Herald  (4 January 1997) p. 36.



Mike McNiffe and Joanne McElgunn, “Greedy pimps who cashed in on Belinda's life” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p.p. 2-3.


Ben Proctor, “£3000 for sex trip to Ireland” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p. 2.


“Bank manager's love for hooker” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p. 4-5.


Joanne McElgunn, “Sex trade is terrified” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p.p. 4-5.


Susan McKay, “The high price of selling sex” in The Sunday Tribune   (5 January 1997) p. 11.


Tom Cooney, “Prostitutes are flesh and blood just like we are” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p. 8


John Lee, “Dublin's high-tech call girls go mobile” in The Sunday Independent  (5 January 1997) p. 12.


“The pimp who ran Belinda brothel” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p. 1, 2, 3.


Mike McNiffe and Joanne McElgunn, “Find my girl's savage killer” in The Sunday World  (5 January) p.p. 1 – 5, 8.


Frank Khan, “Murder victim's lifestyle big shock” in The Sunday Independent  (5 January 1997) p. 3.


John Maher, 'Sri Lankan parents identify body of murdered woman” in The Irish Times (6 January 1997) p. 7.


Annemaria McEneaney, “Gardai sift statements for call girl death clues” in The Irish Independent  (6 January 1997) p. 9.


“Belinda: Gardai hunt for clues” in The Evening Herald  (6 January 1997) p. 6.


Stephen Rae, “Call girl killer: hunt in Britain” in The Evening Herald  (8 January 1997) p. 16


Stephen Rae, “Gardai appeal for information” in The Evening Herald  (9 January 1997) p. 1


“Picture of victim released” in The Irish Times  (10 January 1997) p. 4.


Tom Reddy, “Gardai release slain call girl photo” in The Irish Independent  (10 January 1997) p. 4.


“Call girl killed 'for her money'” in The Evening Herald   (10 January 1997) p. 18


“Cash clue to killing” in The Irish Independent   (11 January 1997) p. 9


Joanne McElgunn, “Slain hooker's diary names celeb clients” in The Sunday World  (12 January 1997) p. 4.


Joanne McElgunn, “Inside the sleazy world of Irelands pimps and prostitutes” in The Sunday World  (19 January 19

On the 29th of December, 1996, Gardai were called to a flat on Liffey St in Dublin city centre. Inside was the body of 26 year old British-Sri Lankan woman, Belinda Pereira, who was staying in Dublin for just a week. The nature of her trip prompted many inches of tabloid fodder. She had come to Dublin in order to carry out sex work. 


But the voyeuristic media attention on Belinda's case did not last long. 


Sadly, today, her name is all but forgotten. 


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Join me at CrimeCon Uk on June 11-12 in London 2022! Head to crimecon.co.uk and use the code MENSREA for 10% off (and to let them know I sent you!)





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With thanks to our sponsors for this episode:


Sign up today for a free trial of Noom – the habit changing app for a healthier you! Find it at noom.com/mensrea 


Sign up for professional online counselling at betterhelp.com/mens and get 10% off your first month!



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With thanks to our supporters on Patreon! Donate today to get access to bonus and ad-free episodes!



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Theme Music:



Quinn’s Song: The Dance Begins Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/



Additional Music:   Allemande (Sting) by Wahneta Meixsell. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/




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Sources:



John Maher, “Parents due to arrive to identify murder victim” in The Irish Times (1 January 1997) p. 4.



Stephen Rae, “New 'Flying Squad' ready to smash the crime lords” in The Evening Herald  (4 January 1997) p. 2.


“New breakthrough in search for killer” in The Evening Herald  (4 January 1997) p. 36.



Mike McNiffe and Joanne McElgunn, “Greedy pimps who cashed in on Belinda's life” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p.p. 2-3.


Ben Proctor, “£3000 for sex trip to Ireland” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p. 2.


“Bank manager's love for hooker” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p. 4-5.


Joanne McElgunn, “Sex trade is terrified” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p.p. 4-5.


Susan McKay, “The high price of selling sex” in The Sunday Tribune   (5 January 1997) p. 11.


Tom Cooney, “Prostitutes are flesh and blood just like we are” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p. 8


John Lee, “Dublin's high-tech call girls go mobile” in The Sunday Independent  (5 January 1997) p. 12.


“The pimp who ran Belinda brothel” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p. 1, 2, 3.


Mike McNiffe and Joanne McElgunn, “Find my girl's savage killer” in The Sunday World  (5 January) p.p. 1 – 5, 8.


Frank Khan, “Murder victim's lifestyle big shock” in The Sunday Independent  (5 January 1997) p. 3.


John Maher, 'Sri Lankan parents identify body of murdered woman” in The Irish Times (6 January 1997) p. 7.


Annemaria McEneaney, “Gardai sift statements for call girl death clues” in The Irish Independent  (6 January 1997) p. 9.


“Belinda: Gardai hunt for clues” in The Evening Herald  (6 January 1997) p. 6.


Stephen Rae, “Call girl killer: hunt in Britain” in The Evening Herald  (8 January 1997) p. 16


Stephen Rae, “Gardai appeal for information” in The Evening Herald  (9 January 1997) p. 1


“Picture of victim released” in The Irish Times  (10 January 1997) p. 4.


Tom Reddy, “Gardai release slain call girl photo” in The Irish Independent  (10 January 1997) p. 4.


“Call girl killed 'for her money'” in The Evening Herald   (10 January 1997) p. 18


“Cash clue to killing” in The Irish Independent   (11 January 1997) p. 9


Joanne McElgunn, “Slain hooker's diary names celeb clients” in The Sunday World  (12 January 1997) p. 4.


Joanne McElgunn, “Inside the sleazy world of Irelands pimps and prostitutes” in The Sunday World  (19 January 19

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