Accused ‘danced’ on body of teenager, murder trial told

Former friend of man charged with murdering Romanian Marioara Rostas testifies

Missing woman Marioara Rostas disappeared at about 2pm on Sunday, January 6th, after her brother saw her getting into a Ford Mondeo with a man on Lombard Street in the city.

Missing woman Marioara Rostas disappeared at about 2pm on Sunday, January 6th, after her brother saw her getting into a Ford Mondeo with a man on Lombard Street in the city.

Fri, Jul 18, 2014, 21:33

A former friend of the man charged with murdering Romanian teenager Marioara Rostas has testified that the accused “danced” on her body after dumping it in a hole dug in the Dublin Mountains.

Fergus O’Hanlon (37), who has immunity from prosecution in the case, was giving evidence yesterday (Friday) in the trial of Dubliner Alan Wilson.

The 35-year-old, of New Street Gardens, has pleaded not guilty to the 18-year-old’s murder at a house on Brabazon Street, The Coombe, Dublin between January 7th and January 8th, 2008.

The teenager disappeared at about 2pm on Sunday, January 6th, after her brother saw her getting into a Ford Mondeo with a man on Lombard Street in the city. Her body was found in a shallow grave on the Wicklow border four years later. She had died of four bullet wounds to the head.

Mr O’Hanlon testified that, in January 2008, he shared a house on Brabazon Street with his then partner and the accused man’s sister, Maxine Wilson.

He told the Central Criminal Court he was out of the house on January 8th but returned home after receiving calls. He said Ms Wilson was nervous and shaking and that Alan Wilson came down the stairs.

“He had a rifle in his hand,” said the witness. “He said: ‘Come here. I want to show you something’.”

He said he and the accused went upstairs to Mr O’Hanlon’s bedroom.

“There was the body of the dead girl there, in the centre of the room, lying on her back, staring at the ceiling,” he said. “She looked like she was wide awake.”

“She had a hole in her forehead and blood running down her nose,” he continued. “I asked who she was.”

He said the accused responded that ‘she was a witness to her brother being killed’.

He said Ms Wilson left the house, as did her brother, who later returned with a lawnmower bag.

The witness said he and the accused undressed the body, wrapped it in clear plastic, folded it over into the shape of a horseshoe and placed it into the bag.

He said the accused put her body into the boot of his Ford Mondeo and drove up the Dublin Mountains, with Mr O’Hanlon lying down in the back seat.

He said they walked uphill, the accused carrying the body and Mr O’Hanlon carrying a shovel.

“Alan started digging a hole. We took it in turns,” he said. “Alan removed her from the green bag and pushed her into the hole.”

“She was stood on a few times. Alan stood on her,” he added. “He was dancing on her.”