Monday 16 September 2019

Family of murderer Marta Herda post letter 'from Pope Francis' online

Marta Herda. Photo: Collins Courts
Marta Herda. Photo: Collins Courts
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

The family of convicted killer Marta Herda have posted a letter online which appears to have been sent on behalf of Pope Francis.

Translated from Polish to English, the letter reads:

“On behalf of his saintness, the Franciscan thanks for the letter of the day in which you write with great vigor about the difficult situation of your daughter, set in prison.

“I want to assure you that the Holy Father embraces the ladies and her flock of prayer, praying to you the mercy of God. His sermon encourages him to trust in prayer and to offer his affairs to the most holy mother, who was also under the sea.

The letter which was sent in 2016
The letter which was sent in 2016

“There we were born as a tender mother of the church, who wants everyone to collect under their coat. She saw under the cross how good a letter was to receive forgiveness and took a Jesuit student for her son. she is the mother of mercy whom we entrust: our vassal situation, our every prayer, directed before her merciful eyes, will not remain unanswered, the rich riches mercy will empower the ladies and her mourning and help to solve this difficult situation.”

The letter was signed by Mons. Paolo Borgia, an Italian priest who was appointed as an Assessor for General Affairs by Pope Francis.

A video of Herda reading a children's book from prison has also emerged online today.

The video, posted on the page 'Help for Martha', was uploaded today with the headline "Could this person kill anybody?"

"From prison Martha reads a tale for her sister’s children. Translation of the video, done by Martha’s niece will be available soon".

In the six-minute long video, the Polish woman reads the book aloud in her native language while sat in front of a book case.

It is understood she is working as a librarian in the Dóchas Centre in Mountjoy.

She recently lost an appeal against her murder conviction.

The 30-year-old drove a man who loved her into a deep harbour, where he drowned.

Marta Herda, of Pairc Na Saile, Emoclew Road, Arklow, Co Wicklow, knew her passenger could not swim when she drove her Volkswagen Passat through the crash barriers at South Quay, Arklow shortly before 6am on March 26, 2013.

During the trial, the jury heard that Herda believed she was being stalked by Mr Orsos. In her statement to gardai, she said the 31-year-old died because he loved her, that she couldn’t take it anymore.

Speaking outside court last week following the unsuccessful appeal, Herda's sister Monika said: “I think this was a ridiculous decision.

"Marta had an unfair verdict in my opinion and in the opinion of our family and our friends.

"We are sorry about Csaba but what happened after and now with that verdict is not fair for Marta.

"That's why it's not the end for now. We will wait for the Supreme Court.”

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