Sunday 23 October 2016

Murder jury sees video of deceased's birthday

Natasha Reid

Published 14/07/2016 | 02:30

Marta Herda arriving at the Central Criminal Court, where she has pleaded not guilty to murder Photo: Collins Courts
Marta Herda arriving at the Central Criminal Court, where she has pleaded not guilty to murder Photo: Collins Courts

A murder trial jury has been shown a video of the deceased celebrating his birthday with the woman alleged to have murdered him by driving him into a harbour where he drowned.

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The video was played to the Central Criminal Court yesterday on the seventh day of the trial of Marta Herda (29) of Pairc Na Saile, Emoclew Road, Arklow, Co Wicklow, for the murder of Csaba Orsos (31) on March 26, 2013.

The Polish waitress has pleaded not guilty to murdering the Hungarian at South Quay, Arklow. Both had worked at Brook Lodge Hotel in Aughrim.

She told gardaí that he had been in love with her and that she didn't feel the same way. She said it was "24 hours a day" and that she couldn't take it anymore when she drove to the harbour that morning.

The deceased man's brother, Zoltan Sandor, testified that he and his family had celebrated Mr Orsos's birthday with him at his home in July 2012.

Mr Sandor was shown a video of the celebration in court. Ms Herda could be seen sitting at the table next to the deceased as he blew out the candles on his cake.

Mr Sandor agreed with the defence that he, Mr Sandor, could be heard telling Ms Herda that she was the present, or something similar. He was also asked if Ms Herda could be heard replying that she had come to the house to warn the deceased that his manager knew he had lied when he had rung in sick.

"My English at this time is 50/50," Mr Sandor replied, indicating that he couldn't be sure what she had said.

The jury also heard that Ms Herda had pointed to the bride's and groom's seats at a wedding, while telling the deceased: "This will be us one day."

The evidence was given by their colleague, Martin Penn, who recalled setting up for a wedding with them one day.

"Marta Herda pointed at the bride's and groom's empty seats," he testified. "She stated: 'This will be us one day'."

Under cross-examination by the defence, Mr Penn accepted this could have been a line the deceased had used many times.

"She does accept that she said it, but in a light-hearted way in the context of him having said that to her on many occasions," said Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha SC, defending.

Katryna Sobek testified she had known Ms Herda for four years by 2013. She said Ms Herda and the deceased had been friends, but that he had fallen in love with her and problems had started. She said Ms Herda had complained to her about him "many times" and was "afraid of him".

The trial continues.

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