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Rostas trial: Marioara’s dad to give evidence

Jury shown bullet taken from wall in house where teen allegedly killed

Andrew Phelan

Published 27/06/2014 | 13:42

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Missing person Marioara Rostas - picture supplied by Garda Press Office
Marioara Rostas

Marioara Rostas father is due to give evidence later on today as the jury in the Alan Wilson murder trial has been shown photographic evidence of a bullet retrieved from a hole in the wall at the house where Ms Rostas is alleged to have been killed.

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The photograph was one of several taken at the address on Brabazon Street during a forensic examination by gardai in late 2008 - 10 months after the murdered teen disappeared.

However, the Central Criminal Court heard the bullet hole was found in a living room on a floor below the bedroom where the prosecution alleges Ms Rostas was killed.

The photographic evidence was presented by the prosecution on the third day of the trial of Mr Wilson (35), who denies murdering Marioara (18).

The accused, of New Street Gardens, Dublin 8, has pleaded not guilty to her murder at Brabazon Street, The Coombe, between January 7 and 8, 2008.

Her body was found in a shallow grave in woods in the Kippure-Sally Gap area in the Dublin/Wicklow mountains on January 23, 2012.

Detective Garda Mairead Crowley of the Garda Technical Bureau said she went to the house with colleagues on October 31, 2008, returning on November 6,7,8 and 9.

Photographs of the interior of the house showed smoke damage and burnt furniture following a fire.

"Points of interest" on the photographs included an area of stripped-back wallpaper in the first floor living room, showing a hole in the wall, just under five feet from the ground.

There was also a photo of a bullet recovered from the hole. Further pictures were taken of the interior and exterior of a Ford Mondeo.

Cross-examined by Michael O'Higgins SC, for the defence, the garda accepted that the accused was alleged to have been murdered in a room on the second floor.

Mr O'Higgins said the photographs suggested a bullet was fired into the first floor living room wall.

"This is not the room where Ms Rostas was allegedly killed," he said.

A witness, Jonathan Lyndsey, said he was driving near the Pearse Street/ Lombard Street junction on January 6, 2008 - the day Marioara was last seen alive - when he saw a "Romanian-looking girl" begging in traffic.

He had noticed a girl at the same location weeks earlier. He did not see her get into a car or talk to anyone.

A week later, he identified the girl as Marioara from a photograph shown to him by investigating gardai. Mr O'Higgins had no questions for this witness.

Yesterday, former Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar said Marioara was found in a "foetal-like position" in a shallow grave in the Dublin mountains. A post mortem examination determined that she had died from four gunshot wounds to the head.

Dr Jabbar said the body was found in dark grey plastic wrapping, secured by duct tape.

The trial continues today before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of 10 men and two women.

Marioara Rostas’ father is due to give evidence later on today.

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