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Thursday 29 September 2016

Valentine's card said 'I was looking for you all my life', trial told

Marta Herda denies the murder of her former co-worker. Photo: Collins
Marta Herda denies the murder of her former co-worker. Photo: Collins

A jury has been shown a Valentine's card allegedly sent to the woman charged with murdering the sender by driving him into a harbour, where he drowned.

The court also heard that she had denied driving into the water deliberately.

A garda read out the card's contents to the Central Criminal Court on the sixth day of the trial.

Marta Herda (29) of Pairc Na Saile, Emoclew Road, Arklow, Co Wicklow is charged with the murder of 31-year-old Csaba Orsas on March 26, 2013.

The Polish waitress has pleaded not guilty to murdering the Hungarian at South Quay, Arklow. Both had worked at the Brook Lodge Hotel in Aughrim.

Relationship

Garda Anthony Crehan testified that he had taken a voluntary statement from the accused, in which she said that the deceased had been in love with her but that she had told him that they couldn't ever have a relationship.

She gave the garda a Valentine's card that she had received from the deceased.

Garda Crehan read what had been written on the card.

"Love letter! Dear Marta, I would just like to tell you in letters how much I love you. Seriously, I feel that I find you finally, the girl I was looking for in all my life. I wish to share my life with only you.

"I'm ready to do anything for you. I can change all my bad habits for the way you wish. Millions of kisses," it continued.

"Thinking of you in every second. I love you Marta. I can promise that I will be the best husband and you will never regret it."

A phone number was given and a smiley face drawn before the final words: "I'm mad about you". The card was dated and timed, 21/5/12, 22.54.

The defence had earlier suggested that Gda Crehan had not put to Ms Herda the proposition of her driving into the water deliberately.

"I wrote it down as she said it," he replied. "She's painted a picture of a back history with this guy and it culminated in this."

The defence then put to him the contents of a subsequent interview, in which Gda Crehan had not participated.

"I didn't want to do that, but I don't want all this happened," she had said.

"It was horrible and scary in this car. I don't want to see him anymore."

She was asked if she had driven deliberately into the water.

"No. I would never want to hurt anyone or even to destroy my car," she replied.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.

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