Sunday 22 April 2018

Tragic dad's bid to report girl missing outlined

Dumitru Rostas and Marioara Snr - parents of murdered teenager Marioara Rostas
Dumitru Rostas and Marioara Snr - parents of murdered teenager Marioara Rostas
Marioara Rostas

Andrew Phelan

THE father of murdered teenager Marioara Rostas only succeeded in informing gardai his daughter was missing through an interpreter three days after she vanished.

Dumitru Rostas recalled how he tried to report her missing at a Garda station within hours of her disappearance but was unable to make himself understood.

The jury at the Central Criminal Court heard the Romanian teenager had only arrived in Ireland 18 days earlier.

The last time her father saw her alive was when he left her begging at a road junction in Dublin city centre.

The father-of-10 was giving evidence on the third day of the trial of Alan Wilson (35), who denies murdering Marioara (18).

Mr Wilson, of New Street Gardens, Dublin 8, has pleaded not guilty to her murder at Brabazon Street, The Coombe, between January 7 and 8, 2008.

Her body was found in a shallow grave in woods in the Kippure-Sally Gap area in 2012.

Mr Rostas was accompanied by his wife and family members yesterday. Wearing a black shirt and dark trousers, he took the stand and recalled his family's arrival in Ireland in 2007.

Led through his evidence by prosecutor Sean Gillane, and speaking through a Romanian interpreter, Mr Rostas told the court that after going to the Garda station, he went back to Donabate, where he was living, and his daughter was not there either. The next day, he learned that Marioara had made a phone call to Romania.

The day after that, Mr Rostas got an interpreter and returned to the gardai to tell them his daughter was missing.

The jury also heard that tests comparing the bullets left in Marioara's head and those found at the house where she was allegedly killed were "inconclusive".

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.

Irish Independent

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