Monday 19 March 2018

Waitress (30) appeals murder conviction

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

A 30-year-old woman, who drove a man who loved her into a deep harbour where he drowned, has opened an appeal against her conviction.

Marta Herda, of Pairc Na Saile, Emoclew Road, Arklow, Co Wicklow, knew her passenger could not swim when she drove through the crash barriers at South Quay, Arklow on March 26, 2013.

The Polish waitress had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Hungarian man Csaba Orsos (31) but a jury at the Central Criminal Court found her guilty and she was sentenced to life on July 28, 2016.

She moved to appeal her conviction on a number of grounds yesterday, including the issue of recklessness; whether or not the driving into the river was accidental or deliberate; if it was deliberate, whether "assault manslaughter" was still open to the jury; and the judge's charge to the jury with regard to circumstantial evidence.

Irish Independent

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