Thursday 19 July 2018

'She feels guilty but didn't mean to do it' - Waitress crying in jail after murder conviction appeal fails

Katarzyna Bloszczyk, Mariusz Bloszczyk and Jakub Szwarczynski. Marta Herda (right)
Katarzyna Bloszczyk, Mariusz Bloszczyk and Jakub Szwarczynski. Marta Herda (right)

Mary McDonnell

CONVICTED killer Marta Herda is crying behind bars, sure she will be “staying in prison until the end of her life” after she lost an appeal against her conviction on Thursday, a close friend has revealed.

Herda (30), of Arklow, Co Wicklow, was jailed for life for driving a Volkswagen Passat with a man who couldn’t swim in the passenger seat into a deep harbour in Arklow on March 26, 2013.

Marta Herda. Photo: Collins Courts
Marta Herda. Photo: Collins Courts

The passenger, Hungarian-born Csaba Orsos (31), died from drowning.

A close friend of the killer waitress revealed Herda wants to fire her solicitor after Thursday’s ruling; has befriended fellow Polish national, Monika Matracka (35) who stabbed a man to death in 2015, and has landed a jail job in the prison library.

Katarzyna Bloszczyk (29), told Independent.ie: “She was crying but I asked her to be really angry and go and fight for her life and deal with this. She feels guilty but she didn’t mean to do it.”

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.

Marta Herda’s Sister Monika Lyzwa (second left ) with friends from left Rafal Czekaj, Katarzyna Blaszczyk and Mariusz Blaszczyk outside the Dochas Prision where Marta is held.
Marta Herda’s Sister Monika Lyzwa (second left ) with friends from left Rafal Czekaj, Katarzyna Blaszczyk and Mariusz Blaszczyk outside the Dochas Prision where Marta is held.

Supporters have painted a different picture of the killer, claiming the murder was an accident, and pals now want a retrial in which Herda can testify on the stand. 

Ms Bloszczyk said: “In my opinion she could have run away from Ireland. But she knew a man died and she didn’t do it.

“She said she will be staying in prison until the end of her life. She’s not a murderer. It’s not fair.

“People get five or six years for stabbing with a knife. She could really have died in that accident.”

The convicted killer’s new prison pal did get six years for stabbing her housemate and former partner: Monika Matracka  was found guilty of manslaughter by a majority jury verdict in February in relation to the death of Michal Rejmer.

Ms Bloszcyk  revealed Herda fears other inmates but does speak to the fellow Polish national behind bars.

“She has no contact with anybody. She’s afraid to contact with the women in there. They’re not really behaving. She has one friend – a Polish woman - just a person to say hello to,” she said.

Ms Bloszcyk became close with Herda when the pair met in Arklow, and has been visiting the convicted murderer at the Cedar House complex of the Dochas Centre women's jail where she spends her days studying English, art and computers and working in the library.

She said she is supporting Herda who wants to lodge an appeal with the Supreme Court.

“She’s really bad. She’s like ‘it’s unbelievable it was overturned’. Her barrister was sure the appeal would be in her interest. She wants to explain what happened," she said.

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