CCTV footage shows cleaner taking paintings from house

Roza Komorova told gardaí paintings belonged to her but refused to say how she got them

 Roza Komorova arriving at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. She pleaded not guilty to stealing the paintings from  artist Louise Mansfield’s home at Brennanstown Road, Cabinteely on 5th September 2011. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

Roza Komorova arriving at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. She pleaded not guilty to stealing the paintings from artist Louise Mansfield’s home at Brennanstown Road, Cabinteely on 5th September 2011. Photograph: Collins Courts.

 

The trial of a house cleaner accused of stealing paintings worth more than €28,000 from the home of a Dublin artist has been shown a video of the accused claiming the paintings belonged to her, and that she was planning on hanging them on her wall.

Roza Komorova (46), of Brehon Grove, Ballinteer, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to theft of the paintings from Louise Mansfield’s home on Brennanstown Road, Cabinteely, on September 5th, 2011.

In a taped interview on the day of her arrest she told gardaí­ that the paintings belonged to her, but she refused to say how she got them. She denied taking them from the house of Ms Mansfield earlier that day.

When asked what she was planning on doing with the paintings, she said she was going to hang them on the wall in her house.

CCTV footage

Det Sgt Michael Grogan, who led a surveillance operation at the house on the morning of the alleged theft following a tip-off from Ms Mansfield, told counsel that he and his colleagues stopped and searched Ms Komorova’s van after it left the house.

They found 21 paintings signed “Louise Mansfield” stacked sideways in the back of the vehicle. Ms Komorova said they belonged to her.

Surveillance operation

Det Sgt Grogan disagreed with Mr Berry that it seemed “very, very odd” for so many resources to be used in the operation.

“Policemen spend a lot of time sitting in cars waiting for things to pass,” he said.

The trial continues before Judge Mary Ellen Ring and a jury.