Psycho gang boss set for arrest over Maria killing
THE net is closing in on the 30-year-old criminal who is suspected of murdering Romanian teenager Maria Rostas.
Sources say that gardai should be able to re-arrest the psychotic south city gangster "within weeks" after the discovery of the body of the tragic 18-year-old in the Dublin Mountains on Monday.
The criminal is in Cloverhill Prison where he is on remand and facing trial for a number of serious criminal offences.
He is also the chief suspect for a number of other serious crimes including a pub murder last year.
The development comes as authorities in Romania contact-ed the family of the Roma teenager who gardai believe was savagely sexually abused before being shot in the head.
It is understood that the family of Maria (Marioara) Rostas, including her father Dimitri, will travel to Ireland to bring her body back home to Romania for burial.
Sources are still unsure whether the victim was taken to a house near Newry to be violated by a notorious underworld figure or whether her ordeal involved being assaulted over a number of days in a house in Pimlico before being shot dead and her body dumped.
The chief suspect, along with some of his closest associates, was arrested in December, 2008.
But they were all released without charge. When arrested, the chief suspect was wearing a bulletproof vest in bed.
Gardai have always worked on the theory that Maria was shot dead in the upstairs room of a derelict house in Brabazon Street just days after being abducted as she begged on East Lombard Street on January 6, 2008.
The Brabazon Street property was later gutted in a fire which was started by criminals in a bid to destroy evidence.
The chief suspect is the number one target for gardai and it is understood that a strong case is being built against him.
"This maniac is one of the most dangerous criminals in the country. Certain information has been received which indicates that he saw the devil in her eyes which caused him to freak out and shoot her," a source said.
"Despite being an absolutely evil individual, he has some kind of strange religious beliefs and is very afraid of the devil. He is all into candles and altars and stuff like that."
The investigation has been helped because the victim's remains were very well preserved after being so tightly wrapped in plastic bags.
The Herald revealed that two major south Dublin criminals helped the chief suspect bury the body of the tragic teenager.
Sources have revealed that the south city gangster enlisted one of his closest associates to help dispose of her body after he shot her.
The suspect's pal was so terrified that the gangster would murder him after burying Maria that he brought a close relative with him to help in the dig.
- Abducted off street, raped and dumped in a bin bag -- Maria's sickeningly brutal death should shame us all