Marioara ‘precisely executed’, jury told

Marioara Rostas

The murder of Marioara Rostas was a precise execution and not a crime of passion or temper, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Seán Gillane, prosecuting, gave his closing speech yesterday in the trial of the man charged with her murder.

Alan Wilson, aged 35, of New St Gardens, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to 18-year-old’s murder at a house on Brabazon St, The Coombe, between January 7 and January 8, 2008.

Mr Gillane reminded the jury that the Romanian teenager had been begging with her brother in Dublin City on January 6, 2008. A car stopped, there was a conversation, she got in, her brother was given €10, and the car drove off. “Marioara is never seen again by anyone that cared for her.”

He noted that she had phoned her brother in Romania the following day, “distressed, frightened, and asking for her daddy to come get her” before the phone was cut off.

He said that, by September 2008, the car had been identified as being owned by the accused. The house on Brabazon St that Mr Wilson’s sister shared with her partner, Fergus O’Hanlon, had been identified as an address of significance.

The house had been the subject of arson in February 2008, but when it was examined, bullets were recovered from a wall.

“The calibre of bullet used was entirely consistent with the fragments recovered from the head of Marioara Rostas,” said Mr Gillane. “How was Marioara Rostas killed? She was executed in a manner that was cold, calculated, and precise.”

Mr Wilson was arrested in October 2008 on suspicion of murder, and O’Hanlon on suspicion of withholding information.

In January 2012, O’Hanlon helped gardaí locate the victim’s body, where he said he helped Mr Wilson bury it. O’Hanlon has since said that, on January 8, 2008, he arrived home to find a girl dead in his house and Mr Wilson holding a gun.

Mr Gillane said the question was whether it was possible to marry the evidence in terms of the DPP’s case against Alan Wilson.

“That’s done through the evidence of Fergus O’Hanlon,” he said of the convicted criminal, who has been granted immunity from prosecution.

He asked the jury to conclude that Alan Wilson was guilty of murder.

Michael O’Higgins, defending, said the first and last things out of O’Hanlon’s mouth in court were lies.

Mr O’Higgins will conclude his closing speech this morning. Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy will then charge the jury.


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