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Thursday 18 September 2014

Frightened Marioara begged brother to have 'Daddy' rescue her, court told

Published 01/07/2014 | 02:30

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The father of Marioara Rostas (inset) arriving at court last week
The father of Marioara Rostas (inset) arriving at court last week

A FRIGHTENED Marioara Rostas phoned her brother in Romania the day after she went missing here asking for her 'Daddy to come get her', a murder trial has heard.

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The 18-year-old's elder brother, Alexandru Rostas, was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court yesterday in the trial of the 35-year-old man charged with murdering her.

Alan Wilson of New Street Gardens in Dublin has pleaded not guilty to her murder at a house on Brabazon Street, The Coombe, in the city between January 7 and January 8, 2008.

The trial has already heard that her body was found in a shallow grave in Kippure on the Wicklow border in January 2012. She had died of four bullet wounds to her head.

Mr Rostas testified through an interpreter yesterday, explaining that he still lived in Romania in January 2008, after his parents, sister Marioara and brother had moved to Ireland.

He said that on Monday, January 7 that year, his cousin came running into his house and handed him a phone. Marioara was on the line, he said.

He had a short conversation with his sister, during which she told him that she was out of town and to 'tell Dad to go after her'.

She said she could see a little sign and started to tell him about some of the letters on it, but the phone cut off before any more details were given.

Before the phone died, she repeated to him to 'ask for her Daddy to come get her'. She was crying and seemed frightened, he said. He reported the call to his father and to the police in Romania.

Under cross-examination by Michael O'Higgins SC, defending, he recalled telling the Romanian police that his sister had said she had 50 cent to talk on the phone.

He agreed that she told him that a boy had dropped her off 200km from Dublin. He agreed that the sign off which his sister had read the letters could have been a street sign.

However, he did not agree that he told the police that she said she had been taken from the centre of Dublin by two men.

The victim's younger brother, Dumitru Rostas Jnr, also gave evidence. He said he was 13 and with his sister in Dublin city centre on the day she went missing.

He said he saw her talking to a man, who was in a silver Ford Mondeo stopped at traffic lights. He said he approached the car when he saw his sister get in, and that the man inside spoke to him.

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"He said he was going to take her to McDonald's for some food," recalled her brother.

He said the man gave him €10 as the car drove off.

He described the man to gardai as being more than 25 years of age, skinny and with white skin. He said his hair was black, neat and parted to one side, he had small, black eyes and small spots on his left cheek. He identified the photo fit that gardai had prepared after taking that description.

The jury earlier heard that there was a lock on the outside of a bedroom in the house where Ms Rostas is alleged to have been murdered.

It also heard that bullets recovered from her head could have come from the same weapon as bullets found in the house, which had been the home of the accused man's sister, Maxine Wilson.

The owner of the house, Oliver Toner, testified that there was no lock on the door or bullet holes in the wall when he had let the house to Ms Wilson.

The trial has now gone into legal argument before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and will continue on Thursday before the jury of 10 men and two women.

Irish Independent

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