Woman begins appeal against Wicklow harbour murder conviction

Marta Herda was found guilty of murdering Csaba Orsas by driving her car off a harbour in Arklow in 2013

Lawyers for a woman convicted of murdering a man by driving them off a harbour in County Wicklow have opened their appeal against her conviction. 

Marta Herda of Pairc na Saile, Emoclew Road in Arklow, County Wicklow is serving a life sentence for the murder of Csaba Orsas in March 2013. 

Last July, Marta Herda was found guilty of murdering Csaba Orsas by driving her car through the crash barriers at the South Quay in Arklow, Co. Wicklow at around 6am on March 26th 2013. 

She managed to swim to safety while Csaba’s body washed up on a beach two miles away a few hours later. 

She claimed he had fallen in love with her but told Gardaí she didn't feel the same and was afraid of him because he used to follow her home. 

Her defence barrister Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha has raised six grounds of appeal for the court to consider – the main one being the contention that the judge didn't charge the jury correctly in relation to the fundamental question of whether she intentionally drove into the water that morning or whether it was an accident. 

Mr Ó Lideadha also raised issues in relation to the admissibility of certain alleged confessions.

The appeal is expected to take a day and a half.