Woman tells murder trial victim was in love with her

Marta Herda says she often thinks how different things could have been

Marta Herda, murder trial, accused, Csaba Orsas, Wicklow, harbour, water

Marta Herda leaves the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin | Image: RollingNews.ie

A woman accused of murdering a man by driving off a harbour in Co 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 26th 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 would 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.

She 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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