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Saturday 18 August 2018

Accused denies packing knives to visit ex-lover

A MAN charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend has denied deciding that if he couldn't have her, nobody else could.

Mihalache Marian (49), with an address in Romania, has pleaded not guilty to murdering 35-year-old Loradena Pricajan on January 28, 2010.

The nurse was found dead with the defendant in his bedroom at the Irish Management Institute (IMI) in Sandyford.

She had two cut-throat wounds to her neck.

He had neck and wrist wounds. He told gardai and the trial that she had cut his neck and that he couldn't remember what happened after that.

Sean Gillane, prosecuting, began his cross-examination of the accused by quoting Marian's words from a video of a nude Ms Pricajan found on his phone: "I'm going to post that on YouTube so people can know you're a whore."

Marian denied he had threatened her in the video.

"It was a moment when I was teasing her," he said. Mr Gillane suggested that she was visibly upset in the footage.

"That's what you're suggesting. I was trying to show her the truth," he replied.

"Isn't the truth that you discovered that she didn't want to be with you any more?" asked Mr Gillane. The trial had heard that Ms Pricajan had met a new boyfriend.

Marian did not accept that she no longer wanted to be with him. He said he didn't know why everything in the bedroom was covered in blood except him. He said "I don't know" when asked if he could remember showering and washing the blood off himself.

Mr Gillane asked him why he had kept his presence in Dublin a secret from the woman he loved.

"It wasn't a secret. I wanted to meet her," he replied.

He accepted he had not told her he was coming to Dublin, or that he had arrived. He denied packing the two knives found at the scene for his trip to Dublin.





Knives

"They were in the bag I travelled with," he said.

"I suggest you arrived in Ireland full of anger, full of jealousy and equipped with the two knives," said Mr Gillane.

"You'd decided if you couldn't have her, no-one else was going to have her," he suggested.

"This supposition of yours doesn't reflect reality," replied Marian. The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Carney and a jury.

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