Teen called her brother after going missing

Marioara Rostas

A frightened Marioara Rostas phoned her brother in Romania the day after she went missing asking for her "Daddy to come get her", a murder trial heard.

The 18-year-old’s elder brother, Alexandru Rostas, was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court yesterday in the trial of Alan Wilson, aged 35, of New Street Gardens, Dublin.

He has pleaded not guilty to her murder at a house on Brabazon St, The Coombe, Dublin, between January 7 and 8, 2008.

Ms Rostas’ body was found in a shallow grave in Kippure on the Wicklow border in January 2012. She had died of four bullet wounds to her head.

Her brother testified through an interpreter yesterday, explaining that he still lived in Romania in January 2008, after his parents, sister Marioara, and brother had moved to Ireland.

He said on January 7, his cousin came running into his house and handed him a phone. His sister was on the line, he said. He had a short conversation with her, during which she told him she was out of town and to “tell Dad to go after her”.

She said she could see a little sign and started to tell him about some of the letters on it, but the phone cut off. Before the phone died, she repeated to him to “ask for her Daddy to come get her”. She was crying and seemed frightened, he said.

He reported the call to his father and to the police.

Under cross examination by Michael O’Higgins, defending, he recalled telling the Romanian police that his sister had said she had 50c to talk on the phone. He agreed she told him that the boy had dropped her off 200km from Dublin.

He agreed that the sign off of which his sister had read the letters could have been a street sign. However, he did not agree that he told police she said she had been taken by two men.

The victim’s younger brother, Dumitru Rostas Jr, also gave evidence. He said he was 13 and with his sister in the city centre on the day she went missing.

He said he saw her talking to a man, who was in a silver Ford Mondeo stopped at traffic lights. He said he approached the car when he saw his sister get in, and that the man spoke to him.

“He said he was going to take her to McDonald’s for some food,” he recalled. He said the man gave him €10 as the car drove off.

The jury earlier heard that there was a lock on the outside of a bedroom in the house where Ms Rostas is alleged to have been murdered. It also heard that bullets recovered from her head could have come from the same weapon as bullets found in the house, which had been the home of the accused man’s sister.

The trial has entered legal argument before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and will continue on Thursday.


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