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Murder accused Alan Wilson ‘danced on’ the body of Marioara, court told

Published 18/07/2014 | 13:07

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The body of Marioara Rostas (inset) being removed from the Dublin Mountains in 2012
The body of Marioara Rostas (inset) being removed from the Dublin Mountains in 2012

MURDER accused Alan Wilson “danced on” the body of Marioara Rostas as he buried her in a hole in the Dublin mountains, the Central Criminal Court has been told.

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Fergus O’Hanlon, a former friend of the accused, alleged that he assisted in the removal of the dead girl’s body from his then-home in the south inner city to a wooded area in the mountains.

He said Mr Wilson showed him the body at the house on Brabazon Street and told Mr O'Hanlon (37) the dead girl had witnessed “her brother being killed”.

Mr O’Hanlon was giving evidence this morning at the trial of Alan Wilson, who denies murdering Mariora Rostas.

Mr Wilson (35), of New Street Gardens, Dublin 8, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Marioara (18) at Brabazon Street, The Coombe, between January 7 and 8, 2008.

She went missing while begging in traffic in Dublin city centre on January 6 that year and her body was found in a shallow grave in woods in the Kippure-Sally Gap area on the Dublin/Wicklow border four years later, on January 23, 2012.

Mr O’Hanlon said he was in Kevin Street to collect a disability payment on January 8 when he was called back to the house on Brabazon Street - where he lived with his partner, the accused’s sister Maxine Wilson.

Maxine was downstairs, “nervous and shaking” and the accused came downstairs with a rifle in his hand, he said.

He told the jury the accused told him: “Come here, I want to show you something.” They went upstairs to Mr O’Hanlon’s bedroom.

“There was the body of a dead girl there,” he said. “It was the centre of the room, she was just lying on her back staring at the ceiling.”

Mr O’Hanlon told the jury she appeared “normal, like any normal person, it was like she was wide awake, staring at the ceiling. She was wearing runners and jeans. She had long hair and she had a hole in her forehead. I only saw one hole in her forehead and blood running down her nose.”

He said he asked who she was and the response he got was “that she was a witness to her brother being killed.”

They went back downstairs where Mr Wilson took the gun apart. The accused left, follow by Maxine Wilson. Mr O’Hanlon said he went back upstairs and checked the dead girl’s pulse but there was “no sign of life.” He tried again and there was “nothing at all.”

“I was in a daze,” he said. "I was staring at her and she was just lying there.” He noticed two shell casings on the floor. He left the room again and got sick in the toilet before going downstairs.

“I thought about ringing the guards and an ambulance. The more I thought about it, I just didn’t because of the circumstances I was in. I was there on my own. The girl was dead. There was nothing I could do. I didn’t know what way it would look.”

He said the accused returned with a green bag and they went back upstairs, Mr Wilson had the weapon “cocked” and told Mr O’Hanlon to follow him with the bag.

He went to the toilet and when he returned, he said the accused had put a pillow case and sheet from the bed over her head and body. He said he saw two pairs of gloves, bleach, ammonia, plastic and duct tape in the bag, with a receipt “similar to a Woodies DIY receipt.”

He said the accused asked him to remove the body’s runners and jeans, Mr Wilson removed her upper garments and she was left in her underwear and bra.

She was then rolled in the plastic and duct tape and her body folded into a “horseshoe” shape, he continued. The body and belongings were placed in the bag and driven to the Dublin mountains.

Mr O’Hanlon said after the accused first looked for a “bunker” but could not locate it, they both dug a shallow hole. The body was put in it and the accused stood on her.

“Alan stood on her, dancing on her,” Mr O’Hanlon alleged.

His evidence in the trial continues today.

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