Marioara Rostas had only been in Ireland 18 days, court hears

Friday 27 June 2014 22.00
Marioara Rostas died in 2008
Marioara Rostas died in 2008

The father of Mariora Rostas has told a murder trial that his daughter had been in Ireland for just 18 days when she went missing.

The 18-year-old’s body was found in the Dublin Mountains four years after she went missing.

Dumitru Rostas gave evidence about the last day he spent with his daughter begging on a Dublin Street before she disappeared.

The father of ten said he came to live in Dublin from Romania in 2007 with his wife and one of his sons and that Mariora joined them later in December 2007.

On the 6 January 2008 they were begging at Pearse Street and Lombard Street when he left to get food.

When he returned his daughter was gone.

They waited three hours until it became dark and then went to a garda station to try to report his daughter missing but he was unable to communicate with gardaí as they could not understand him.

They returned home to Donabate to find she was not at home. Three days later the family managed to get an interpreter and reported her missing.

He also became aware that his daughter had made a phone call to Romania the day after she went missing, he said.

Alan Wilson, 35, of New Street Gardens, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms Rostas at Brabazon Street, The Coombe between 7-8 January 2008

The trial has heard she died from four gunshot wounds to the head.

Other witnesses told the trial how they had seen a young Romanian girl begging at the junction on the 6 January 2008. One man said he had seen her approach cars while they were stopped at traffic lights.

Another woman said she thought the girl was only 13 or 14 as she was very thin.

The trial also heard from a number of gardaí who took part in a search in the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains over a number of days in January 2012.

The court was told an empty bunker concealed by soil and wood was located by gardaí before they found the teenager's body in a shallow grave. 

Gardaí described how Mariora's body was found in the foetal position and wrapped in several plastic bags.

The jury was shown four bullets which were retrieved from her head during the post mortem examination.

The court was told the damage to the bullets was consistent with having been fired from a .22 firearm.

Earlier the court heard that a bullet was retrieved from a wall in a house at Brabazon Street where the prosecution alleges the murder took place.

However the jury was told comparisons were made between the bullets but they were "inconclusive".

The bullet was retrieved from a wall in a room on a floor below the room where the prosecution alleges the teenager was killed.

The court also heard that the house at Brabazon Street had gone on fire in February 2008.

A Garda technical expert said it appeared there were a number of "seats of fire" in various areas in the house and that an accelerant had been used.

A petrol can had been recovered from the third floor.

Gardaí agreed there was some furniture in the house but no other personal effects such as clothing or other possessions.

The trial continues next week.