Friday 19 January 2018

Trial of woman for the murder of a man in Wicklow due to start tomorrow

Marta Herda
Marta Herda

Natasha Reid

A 29-year-old woman will go on trial tomorrow, charged with murdering a man in Wicklow in 2013.

Marta Herda, with an address at Pairc Na Saile, Emoclew Road, Arklow, was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court this morning.

She was charged with murdering Hungarian Csaba Orsas at South Quay, Arklow on March 26, 2013.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy was told that the case would take three weeks and he swore in a jury of seven men and five women to start the trial this afternoon.

However, when the jury returned to court, he addressed one juror. He said he understood that she had been a member of An Garda Síochana and she confirmed this.

He said that there was no objection in principle to a former member serving, but that there could be a difficulty in this case.

Csaba Orsas
Csaba Orsas

“You would be an expert,” he said.

The woman, who is now a student, said she had checked if she was eligible to serve after receiving her summons. The judge acknowledged that she was and said that it was with some embarrassment that he had to discharge her.

“You will have an insight that others don’t have and it’s best that everyone comes to it cold,” he said, before discharging her.

Mr Justice McCarthy told the 11 remaining jurors that the jury panel had left for the day and that he would have to wait until tomorrow to swear in her replacement.

The trial is expected to begin then.

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