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Sunday 26 January 2020

Prisoner re-arrested in Marioara murder case

JIM CUSACK

Gardai have re-arrested and are questioning a Dublin man, currently serving time in prison, about the murder and secret burial of the Romanian gypsy girl, Marioara Rostas, whose remains were discovered in the Wicklow Mountains in January.

It is the second time the man has been questioned since gardai came across evidence that led them to the secret grave in Kippure near Manor Kilbride. The man is from south Dublin and has also been questioned about a suspected conspiracy to murder a garda detective and a journalist. He is also being questioned about other very serious offences.

The man was taken from prison into garda custody on Friday and is expected to be returned to prison today while a file is prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Two other men and two women, all from south Dublin, were also questioned about Marioara's murder.

The investigation into Marioara's murder centred on a criminal family and a house they had control of in the south inner city. The house was burned in the week after Marioara's disappearance in January 2008. It is believed that the 18-year-old was abducted while begging in the Pearse Street area and taken to the house in south Dublin where she was repeatedly raped and finally shot dead.

Her body was wrapped in plastic bin bags and taken to the mountains where she was buried. After the recovery of her body, it was returned to her family for burial in Romania.

Gardai devoted considerable effort from the outset of Marioara's reported disappearance. Extensive inquiries were carried out before the case came to public notice. Detectives in Dublin were annoyed at suggestions last month that there was not significant effort put into investigating her death because she was not an Irish citizen.

Detectives said that whether or not there was public indifference to Marioara's murder, the case was taken very seriously from the outset.

Sunday Independent

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