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Murder trial Murder accused made frightening 'pass' at woman the day his alleged victim was found, court hears

The witness, a Romanian cleaner, said that Feri Anghel (40), who was then her co-worker, had made a "nasty smile" at her that frightened her when he suggested that he follow her into a bathroom


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A woman told gardai that a murder accused told her "don't be scared I'm not going to do anything to you" when he "made a pass" at her on the same day his alleged victim was found beaten in a Dublin park, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The witness, a Romanian cleaner, said that Feri Anghel (40), who was then her co-worker, had made a "nasty smile" at her that frightened her when he suggested that he follow her into a bathroom.

Mr Anghel (40), who is charged with murdering Romanian national Ioan Artene Bob (49) at a location in Co Dublin on April 13, 2018, has pleaded not guilty to the charge at the Central Criminal Court.

Mr Bob, a construction worker found in park in Tallaght, Dublin 24, died from extensive blunt force trauma, with multiple fractures and bruising to his lungs and the outer surface of the heart, a murder trial has heard.

Giving evidence today, Garofina Selin said she was working with Mr Anghel at a premises in Slane, Co Meath, on Friday, April 13, 2018, when she said she had to go to the men's bathroom to get a change of water for her mop bucket.

Mr Bob was found beaten and distressed in the park before 8am that same morning.

Ms Selin told Padraig Dwyer SC, defending, that it was her first day working with Anghel and that was the "first and last time" she met him.

The witness told Mr Dwyer that she had not been included on a work roster but that Anghel and another man told her to come to work with them, as another person had not turned up.

Mr Dwyer put it to the witness that she had told gardaí that she originally said 'no' to the offer because she did not like the way Anghel was dressed to which the witness agreed.

In her statement to gardaí, Ms Selin said that when at the Slane premises in the afternoon, she wanted to get a change of water from the men's bathroom and that Anghel followed her and made a "pass" at her but that she got a chance to leave and did so.

She said in her statement that Mr Anghel then said about his advances: "Don't be scared, I'm not going to do anything to you".

Ms Selin told Mr Dwyer that Mr Anghel had first said "I'll come with you" when outside the bathroom and then "smiled a nasty smile" at her, which had her "frightened and concerned".

In her evidence during cross-examination, however, Ms Selin said that she did not actually go into the bathroom and Mr Anghel did, therefore, not follow her in.

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Ms Selin said her statements to guards were "eighty per cent" correct and said that a translator was used in the taking of the statements by gardaí and that they may have used different words than she might in Romanian.

Mr Dwyer asked why Ms Selin was trying to portray Mr Anghel as a "predator" and suggested to the witness that the differences in what she told gardaí and what she told the jury meant that the incident might never have happened.

Ms Selin told the barrister that based on the way Mr Anghel was smirking and laughing at her at the time, this made her "concerned".

The witness told Mr Dwyer that when gardaí told her why they wanted to speak to her five days later, that she had "not for one second" thought that Mr Anghel had killed someone.

The jury have heard that the infliction of blunt force trauma suggested that there had been multiple blows of a fist, kicks and "stamping-type" injuries to the deceased's body, while some of the injuries were inflicted when the deceased was "curled up and lying down".

In his opening speech, Paul Greene SC, for the prosecution, said that Mr Bob was found "in physical distress" by passers-by in Sean Walsh Park in Tallaght after being seriously assaulted and sustaining "extensive blunt force trauma".

The trial continues before Ms Justice Eileen Creedon and a jury of eight men and four women and is expected to last five weeks. 

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