Monday 24 July 2017

I'm innocent, insists waitress jailed for murder

Marta Herda. Photo: Collins Courts
Marta Herda. Photo: Collins Courts
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A waitress jailed for life for murdering her co-worker has broken her silence to claim she is innocent.

Marta Herda (29) was found guilty last year of murdering Csaba Orsos (31) by driving her Volkswagen Passat through crash barriers and into the harbour in Arklow, Co Wicklow, before 6am on March 26, 2013.

Her trial heard she was a good swimmer and knew her passenger could not swim.

In a letter from prison, she has broken her silence and claimed that she was afraid of Mr Orsos after refusing his advances.

Writing from her cell in the Dóchas Prison on Dublin's North Circular Road, Herda admits she is still in shock, six months after her conviction for murder.

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She claims that on her way to the shore she passed by Mr Orsos's home, where she saw him in a distressed state.

"He suddenly ran out and got into my car. He told me he was finally going to explain everything," she writes.

"He was so angry, his face was purple. He was shouting that I ruined his last hope and that nothing makes sense. He told me he did not want to live without me.

"Suddenly a big bang. Bang. We hit something very hard and then we hit the water.

"Everything was black, I could not see. After some time, a wave threw me to the surface, but only for a moment."

Herda was brought to hospital and then questioned by gardaí. Her trial heard that during these interviews she told gardaí: "I feel I have enough of this . . . I drive to water. I cannot take this any more."

She now insists that this was a mis-translation and that Mr Orsos's death was an accident.

Herda went on trial last summer. The jury of eight men and four women began deliberating on Monday, July 25, and three days later they delivered a guilty verdict.

Irish Independent

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