Wednesday 21 August 2019

'Marta Herda should have to sit for life in jail' - Brother of victim as Herda family indicate new appeal

Marta Herda is serving a life sentence after being convicted of murdering Hungarian national Casha Orsos. Photo: Collins Courts
Marta Herda is serving a life sentence after being convicted of murdering Hungarian national Casha Orsos. Photo: Collins Courts
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The brother of a man who drowned after the woman he loved drove off a pier has said she deserves to spend the rest of her life behind bars.

Marta Herda (30) was handed a life sentence in July of last year after being convicted of the murder of Hungarian national Csaba Orsos (31).

Herda drove her Volkswagen Passat through the crash barriers at South Quay, Arklow, Co Wicklow, shortly before 6am on March 26, 2013.

She managed to swim to safety but Mr Orsos did not make it out of the water.

Herda appealed her conviction on 17 grounds.

However, Mr Justice Alan Mahon last month said all grounds of appeal were rejected in the Court of Appeal.

Herda's family has indicated an appeal to the Supreme Court was now likely.

But Mr Orsos's brother Zoltan said he always had faith in the judges of the appeal court.

"My reaction to her losing the appeal was normal enough because I believed in the judges," he said.

"I hoped they could handle this appeal properly and they would send her back to prison because a murderer should have to sit for life in jail."

Speaking about his family's loss, Zoltan said they still found it hard to believe what happened to Csaba.

"My brother is dead. He won't have any chance for a life, to take air, walk or have a family," he said. "Four years is so long without him and it is so hard to understand what happened to him.

"I will never forget when I had to see and identify my brother in a body bag in the lifeboat house. On the day when he died, my heart died as well."

During Herda's trial, it was heard that Mr Orsos was in love with Herda, but she did not share the same feelings for him. Zoltan tried to explain to the Herald how his brother had loved Herda.

"He asked me many times what to do, fight for the love or not?" he said. "The first time I said, yes, why not?"

Zoltan said he saw how she would act around Csaba, giving him the impression that there was hope for a future for them.

"It was her who would rub his shoulder and say 'hi, Csaba, how are you?' and I think she wanted to show him that maybe they had a small chance, and maybe my brother believed that as well," said Zoltan.

"I told my brother to leave it alone, to stop believing it, but he was in love with her.

"My brother was the person who just wanted to come to Ireland, make some money and buy his own house - he wanted a normal life and family.

"But he met with her and we don't know what happened and we don't know now what the future was for Csaba.

"We will never forget him."

Irish Independent

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