Trial of woman accused of murdering man by driving off harbour hears man likely drowned

Trial of woman accused of murdering man by driving off harbour hears man likely drowned

The trial of a woman accused of murdering a man by driving a car off a harbour in Wicklow has heard his death was consistent with drowning.

Marta Herda of Pairc na Saile, Emoclew Road in Arklow, Co. Wicklow denies intentionally driving them into the sea.

John Kelly was out for a lunchtime stroll on a beach just south of Arklow on March 26th 2013 when he spotted a body floating towards the shore.

It belonged to Csaba Orsas, a Hungarian man who worked with Marta Herda at the BrookeLodge hotel in Wicklow.

This morning, the State Pathologist Dr. Marie Cassidy said her post mortem revealed his death was consistent with drowning.

She said he had a fracture to his chest area that may have been caused by the impact of a car crash, but there was no evidence to suggest he had been injured beforehand.

It is the prosecution’s case that the accused deliberately drove off the harbour while Mr. Orsas was in the passenger seat.

The driver’s window was rolled down when the car was recovered and the prosecution claims she knew her colleague could not swim.

Marta Herda, who is 29 and from Poland, denies the charge.


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