“Martha Herda – Polish woman sentenced in Ireland to lifetime imprisonment for killing of her colleague. There is no doubt that she caused an accident. The car she was driving fell to the water. She survived, and her colleague (the passenger) drowned. Mrs Martha didn’t admit to deliberate homicide. The jury didn’t take into account the doubts, that should speak in favor of the accused.”
Martha can not cope mentally after March 26th.
While talking with the family over the phone, she is depressed. She sounds like she’s not herself anymore. She admitted that she cries a lot. She can’t sleep. She’s talking with Csaba. She feels like Csaba was being beside her.
She’s testy. And for the more, some young officer laughs at her, when she pours herself four bottles of water.
Additionaly it’s two week break in the school.
Everything in prison makes her angry.
She takes excessive blame on herself for the accident.
She takes blame on herself for making so many trouble to her family.
This is how fifth anniversary of Csaba’s death made impact on Martha.
The family and friends missed that date. Outside prison they have their families, concerns and problems. The pace of life is enormous. They lack the time.
Martha has… all the time and dates.
And she counts… or counts down.
Joyful countdown is how many days left to her sister or mum coming over.
How many days to her friends visit.
But there are also sad countings: how many days have passed since… the tragic accident.
The sister will fly from Poland to visit Martha only in April.
So the family asks Martha’s friends in Ireland to visit Martha as quickly as possible, and cheering her up.
If nobody can come to her earlier, Martha’s girl friend will visit her on friday.
Is half an hour of visit enough to bring Martha to somewhat normal state?
In the future, Martha’s will have to get ready for next anniversaries on March 26th.
We can not bring back life for the young man that drowned five years ago.
Today we fight for the second victim of the accident.
The one who survived.
And she will live with the memory of March 26, 2013, till the end of her life.
The case of Polish woman sentenced to life is proceeded before Court of Appeals
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W Dubliñskim s±dzie apelacyjnym toczy siê w³a¶nie rozprawa odwo³awcza 30-letniej obecnie Polki skazanej rok temu na do¿ywocie za zabicie mê¿czyzny, który j± prze¶ladowa³. Marta Herda z Arklow wjecha³a samochodem do rzeki, maj±c ¶wiadomo¶æ, ¿e 31-latek nie potrafi p³ywaæ.
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