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Murder accused danced on Marioara's body, court told

Published 19/07/2014 | 02:30

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

THE former friend of the man charged with murdering teenager Marioara Rostas has testified that the accused 'danced' on her body after dumping it in a hole in the Dublin Mountains.

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Fergus O'Hanlon (37), who has immunity from prosecution in the case, was giving evidence yesterday in the trial of Dubliner Alan Wilson.

The 35-year-old, of New Street Gardens, has pleaded not guilty to the 18-year-old's murder at a house on Brabazon Street, The Coombe, Dublin, between January 7 and January 8, 2008.

The Romanian teenager disappeared at around 2pm on Sunday, January 6, after her brother saw her getting into a Ford Mondeo with a man on Lombard Street in the city. Her body was found in a shallow grave on the Wicklow border four years later. She had died of four bullet wounds to her head.

O'Hanlon told the Central Criminal Court that, in January 2008, he shared a house on Brabazon Street with his then partner and the accused man's sister, Maxine Wilson.

He was out of the house on January 8 but returned home after receiving calls. He said that Ms Wilson was nervous and shaking and that Alan Wilson came down the stairs.

"He had a rifle in his hand," said the witness.

"He said: 'Come here. I want to show you something'."

They went upstairs to O'Hanlon's bedroom where he saw the body of a "dead girl, lying on her back, staring at the ceiling".

"She looked like she was wide awake," he said.

"She had a hole in her forehead and blood running down her nose.

"I asked who she was."

He said that Wilson responded that 'she was a witness to her brother being killed'.

Ms Wilson and her brother left the house and later returned with a lawnmower bag into which he and the accused put the undressed body, which had been wrapped in plastic.

They put her body into the boot of Wilson's Ford Mondeo and drove up the Dublin Mountains, with O'Hanlon lying down in the back seat.

"Alan started digging a hole. We took it in turns," he said. "Alan removed her from the green bag and pushed her into the hole.

"She was stood on a few times. Alan stood on her.

"He was dancing on her."

He was asked what the purpose of this was, but responded that nothing was said.

He said that they travelled back to Brabazon Street, where the accused collected the gun and left. O'Hanlon said that he spent the next few days cleaning his bedroom on the instructions of the accused.

Blood

He dumped the bed and carpet and used bleach to wash the floor and walls in order to remove heavy blood staining.

Under cross-examination by Michael O'Higgins, defending, O'Hanlon admitted that he was a convicted criminal.

He denied being in the house when Ms Rostas was there alive and said there had been nobody there when he left that morning.

Mr O'Higgins asked if he had a problem with dark-skinned people, Muslims or non-nationals, which he denied.

He didn't recall calling hospital security staff 'Paki b**tards and Muslim racists' in August 2009 and denied threatening to shoot them and then shooting them.

Mr O'Higgins put it to him that witnesses heard him say that he was going to shoot them and that they were shot on their next shift, 24 hours later.

He was aware of this but said it was nothing to do with him.

He agreed that he was the registered owner of the Ford Mondeo at the time of his arrest, but said Mr Wilson had given it to him that April.

He admitted that he was 'far from an angel'.

"What, that makes me any less of a being, any lesser witness?" he asked.

"You're a lesser witness because you're a compulsive liar," responded the barrister.

The cross-examination continues on Monday before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of 10 men and two women.

Irish Independent

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