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Moment gardai swooped on Marioara murder suspect Wilson

THIS is the dramatic moment that gardai swooped on the man they suspect killed teenager Marioara Rostas. Our exclusive photos, which were taken in the Clondalkin area of west Dublin, show detectives from Pearse Street Garda Station arresting Alan Wilson.



A team of four officers led by Detective Inspector Michael Cryan were involved in the arrest which occurred at 4.15pm yesterday.

After his arrest, Wilson (33) of New Street Gardens, Dublin 8, was driven to Pearse Street Garda Station before his appearance at Dublin District Court sitting in the Bridewell at 8pm.



Accused

Wilson is accused of the murder of the 18-year-old at 2 Brabazon Street in the south inner city on January 8, 2008.

Detective Inspector Michael Cryan told the court that the man was arrested in west Dublin at 4:15pm. Mr Wilson replied "I didn't do this" when he was cautioned at Pearse Street Garda Station just over an hour-and-a-half later.

Solicitor Mr Donough Molloy told the court that no application could be made in relation to bail for Mr Wilson, who was wearing a white adidas tracksuit top with blue stripes, black trousers and black shoes.

Judge Patrick Clyne granted an application for legal aid and remanded Mr Wilson in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Thursday, April 12.

He did not address the court at his brief hearing during which he had his hands in his pockets and as he was being brought out one man in the public gallery leaned over to speak a few words of support to him.

The body of the Romanian girl, who disappeared from a Dublin city-centre street four years ago, was found following a 13-day search in January in the Wicklow Mountains.



Remains

Her semi-decomposed remains were discovered in a shallow grave at Kippure near Manor Kilbride.

A post mortem revealed that Marioara -- who arrived in Dublin just three weeks before her disappearance -- had been shot in the head.

She was last seen alive by her 15-year-old brother on January 6, 2008, as she was getting into a car, while they were out begging on Lombard Street in Dublin's south inner city.

Marioara Rostas was one of 15 children born in Timisoara in Romania. Her parents, Marioara snr and Dimitru, a horse dealer, came to Ireland in 2007 and were later joined by their daughter.

Marioara and family members began living in an abandoned bungalow on the outskirts of Donabate, in north Co. Dublin.

Their home had broken windows rubble blocking the driveway but no running water or electricity.

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