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Man not guilty of Rostas murder
31 Jul 2014 23:11
A 35-year-old Dublin man has been found not guilty of murdering teenager Marioara Rostas in January 2008.
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Alan Wilson of New Street Gardens in the city had pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms Rostas at Brabazon Street, The Coombe between 7-8 January 2008.
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The 18-year-old Romanian woman went missing on 6 January 2008 after getting into a car while begging in Dublin city centre.
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She had been in Ireland for just 18 days.
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Her body was buried in a shallow grave in the Dublin-Wicklow Mountains, where it was discovered four years later.
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She had been shot four times in the head.
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Wilson's friend Fergus O'Hanlon told the trial he helped Wilson to bury the body after returning home to find Wilson in his house and the girl's body in an upstairs bedroom.
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Mr O'Hanlon had been arrested on suspicion of withholding evidence about the crime in 2008, but in 2011 when arrested on a separate matter, he told gardaí he had information about the girl's disappearance.
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The defence claimed Mr O'Hanlon was an unreliable witness who had benefited from immunity from prosecution and the witness protection programme.
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