Tuesday 20 February 2018

Postman found man's front door open two hours after his alleged murder

Accused woman Marta Herda Picture: Collins
Accused woman Marta Herda Picture: Collins

The trial of a woman charged with murdering her colleague has heard that a postman found his front door open about two hours after she is alleged to have driven him into a deep harbour, where he drowned.

Stephen Mitchell was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court this (Monday) morning on the second day of the 29-year-old’s trial.

Marta Herda with an address at Pairc Na Saile, Emoclew Road, Arklow, Co Wicklow is charged with the murder of 31-year-old Csaba Orsas around 6am on March 26, 2013.

The Polish waitress has pleaded not guilty to murdering the Hungarian at South Quay, Arklow.

Mr Mitchell testified that he was delivering post to Brookview Court in the town around 8.15am that morning, when he noticed the door to one of the homes was ajar. The jury had already heard that this was the home of Mr Orsas.

“It was open a couple of feet,” he recalled, explaining that he found it unusual.

He said that a garda car pulled up as he was leaving and the officers asked where that particular home was.

“I said it was the one with the door open,” he said.

The trial continues this afternoon before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of eight men and four women.

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