"He had the death he feared most. He had aversion to water and could not swim."
Detective Sergeant Fergus O & # 39; Brien is recalling the harrowing death of Csaba Orsos, who drowned in the deep harbor of South Quay in Arklow.
Martha Herda, who drove the car through barriers against the water and knew that her passenger could not swim, was convicted of her murder.
Now the senior detective who investigated the crime first spoke about it as a case that made his job worthwhile.
Det Sgt O'Brien has been involved in the successful processes of The Black Widow & # 39; Catherine Nevin, as well as Herda, sentenced in March 2013.
He spoke yesterday about the Herda case, which he described as a sad but uplifting story.
He told his colleagues: "Marta Herda was convicted of the murder of Csaba Orsos. This story is about the mother of Csaba Orsos, a person I never knew.
"Csaba had the death he feared most. He had aversion to water and could not swim," he said.
"He died of drowning." Martha Herda drove her car that night through two metal barriers, plunging it into the icy waters of the Avoca River at 6 am.
She glanced at Csaba, came down from the open window of the car, swam to a nearby ladder on the wall, and ran down the pier, shouting "rape, I was raped."
"So she not only took Csaba's life by murdering him the way she did, she was now murdering her memory for her mother."
Describing the reaction of Csaba's mother at home in Hungary when she heard of her son's death, he said: "When she heard the police in Ireland investigating her son's death as a murder, she said:" Who would hate My son so much? Do you want to murder him? "
After a long, long and difficult trial, Herda was convicted and Detective Sgt O Brien was informed that the victim's mother had said, "A stone was taken from my heart."
He quoted the Greek poet Aeschylus, who said: "Even in our sleep, the pain that can not forget falls, drop by heart, and in our own despair, against our will, wisdom comes to us through the terrible grace of God."
Det Sgt O Brien added, "I was glad that we not only investigated this case, but we also rescued the good name of Csaba Orsos for the memory of his mother.
"I've never met [her] but I'm glad we can relieve some of the pain that has fallen on your heart and I'm glad we can get the stone out of her heart.
"For me, that's the meaning of being a cop and that's what makes the job worthwhile."
Det Sgt O & # 39; Brien retires from An Garda Síochána next week after a career in the fight against crime.
The Association of Sergeants and Provincials of Garda presented to it its main prize, the prize of excellence of the AGSI.
Secretary-General John Jacob said that he had a remarkable and hugely successful career.