Woman accused of driving man off harbour 'would have tried to save him'

Woman accused of driving man off harbour 'would have tried to save him'

A woman accused of murdering a man by driving off a harbour in Wicklow told Gardaí she would have tried to save him if she saw him in the water.

Marta Herda of Pairc na Saile, Emoclew Road in Arklow, Co Wicklow also said she was afraid of him and denied being in a sexual relationship with him.

At lunchtime on March 26, 2013, Csaba Orsas’ body washed up on a beach two miles south of Arklow.

He had been in Marta Herda’s car a few hours beforehand when it crashed through two barriers and entered the sea at the South Quay harbour.

The court heard she managed to swim to safety.

Later that day, she told gardaí that Csaba was in love with her.

She said they worked together and told them he used to follow her home.

This afternoon, the jury was shown videos of her Garda interviews from August 2013.

She said she had no interest in Csaba and once told him she could never be with him because he would lock her away somewhere.

She agreed he had become a pest or a nuisance but denied intentionally killing him and said she often thinks how different things could have been if she had driven another way that morning.

The trial will resume tomorrow.


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