Saturday 1 October 2016

How Herda sharpened her look during murder trial

Published 29/07/2016 | 07:32

Marta Herda
Marta Herda
05/07/2016. Marta Herda (29), with an address at Pairc Na Saile, Emoclew Road, Arklow, arrives at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin this morning where he has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Csaba Orsas at the South Quay, Arklow in March, 2013. Pic Collins Courts.
08/07/2016. Marta Herda (29), with an address at Pairc Na Saile, Emoclew Road, Arklow, arrives at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin this morning where she has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Csaba Orsas at the South Quay, Arklow in March
13/07/2016. Marta Herda (29), with an address at Pairc Na Saile, Emoclew Road, Arklow, arrives at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin this morning where he has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Csaba Orsas at the South Quay, Arklow in March, 2013. Pic Collins Courts.
12/07/2016. Marta Herda (29), with an address at Pairc Na Saile, Emoclew Road, Arklow, arrives at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin this morning where he has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Csaba Orsas at the South Quay, Arklow in March, 2013

Marta Herda's style transformation was almost as breath-taking as her claims that she didn't intend to kill her vulnerable victim.

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This is a woman who clearly takes pride in her appearance and carefully adjusted her image during her trial in the Central Criminal Court.

In the earlier photographs at the start of the month, she cut an instantly-forgettable figure. With her hair tied back and wearing a drab grey trench-coat with a dark scarf and camel-coloured trousers, she could easily have passed for a student.

But as the trial progressed, the skirts got shorter and the image got sharper.

Mid-way through the trial, she was opting for on-trend pencil skirts, sharp blazers and houndstooth dresses.

Herda ditched the shapeless outfits and gap-year scarves of the earlier days of the trial in favour of edgier sartorial choices.

Whereas before she wore no make-up for her court appearances, by the end she looked like she was wearing full coverage for her day in the dock.

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She began experimenting with her hairstyle, showing off a graduated fringe one day and then wearing it long and wavy the next.

Some days she carried not one but two statement leather handbags as she began to find her fashion feet.

Herda also began wearing a pair of trendy dark glasses - by the end of the trial, she could have passed for one of the legal secretaries sitting in on her trial.

One could never imagine that the well-groomed, harmless-looking woman was actually accused of murder.

The main photograph shows her opting for a playful side-plait teamed with pair of summery white trousers and a long-sleeved grey top that showed off her slim figure.

But none of her intricate fashion ploys were enough to sway the jury, who found her guilty of murder by a majority of 11 to one, resulting in a sentence to life in prison.

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