Monday 24 October 2016

'We feared that Marta would get away with murder' - Csaba family

Csaba Orsos
Csaba Orsos

The family of Csaba Orsos have said they feared killer Marta Herda would get away with murder, as they shared exclusive pictures with the Herald showing the young waiter during happier times.

In one image, a smiling Csaba can be seen in the banquet room of the BrookLodge hotel where he met the ice queen Herda, who would later drive him off Arklow pier.

This week, Herda, from Poland, was sentenced to life in prison for killing the 31-year-old Hungarian national, who was in love with her. The pair were colleagues in the Co Wicklow hotel.

In 2013 Herda drove her car at high speed through the crash barrier on the South Quay in Arklow.


She was a strong swimmer and knew Csaba could not swim.

A post-mortem found that Csaba died from drowning and not from injuries related to the crash. The court heard that only the driver's window was open.

Csaba's brother, Zoltan Sandor, told the Herald that his family back home feared Herda would get away with her crime and walk free from court.

Within hours of the verdict being announced, he flew home to Hungary to be with his loved ones.

"My mother is very satisfied that Marta Herda was found guilty of Csaba's murder," he said.

"We were worried as a family that she might be found not guilty, or serve a shorter sentence for manslaughter, but we are happy with the way it turned out.

"We had faith in the Irish justice system."

Zoltan said the case has been receiving widespread news coverage in Hungary.

In the collection of bittersweet images, Csaba can be seen posing in various locations around the world, including in Temple Bar before his untimely death.

The photo taken in the hotel shows him dressed smartly in all-black attire with a name tag pinned to his shirt.

In another image he is dressed as a cowboy, posing beside a "Wanted" sign.


His heartbroken brother worked at the same hotel, but he has not been able to return because of the painful memories.

Zoltan said Csaba had wanted to move to Ireland from Hungary to build a better life.

"But he met her and we don't know what happened. We will never forget him," he said.

Zoltan said he and his siblings rarely talked about their brother. "Everybody is suffering in silence," he said.

The Herald revealed this week that Herda taunted investigating gardai with a bizarre postcard from Poland.

She sent the unsigned card with the message: "Keep up the good work, wish you were here, hope you catch the killer."

Concerned about the bizarre message - which was not add-ressed to any individual officer in Arklow Garda Station - gardai found Herda's DNA on the stamp.

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