Thursday 18 January 2018

No deals for key witness in Rostas murder, trial told

The body of Marioara Rostas (inset) being removed from the Dublin Mountains in 2012
The body of Marioara Rostas (inset) being removed from the Dublin Mountains in 2012

Andrew Phelan

Senior gardai in the Marioara Rostas murder investigation have said there were "no deals on offer" before a key witness came forward to show them where she was buried.

Investigators said witness Fergus O'Hanlon never asked for immunity.

The Central Criminal Court was told that Mr O'Hanlon showed gardai the location where Marioara was buried in woods in the Dublin Mountains in January 2012.

Alan Wilson (35), of New Street Gardens, Dublin 8, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Marioara (18) at Brabazon Street, The Coombe, between January 7 and 8, 2008.

She went missing while begging in traffic in the city centre on January 6 that year and her body was found in a shallow grave in woods on the Dublin/Wicklow border on January 23, 2012.

Mr O'Hanlon, a former friend of the accused, has alleged that when he returned home on January 8, 2008, Mr Wilson showed him Marioara's dead body. He has alleged he helped Mr Wilson dispose of her remains.

The jury heard Mr O'Hanlon, a convicted criminal, was granted immunity from prosecution but the certificate did not issue from the DPP until two days into the trial.

Cross-examined by defence counsel Michael O'Higgins Supt JJ Keane said: "I never heard the word immunity mentioned."

He added it was a matter for the DPP.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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