Model ‘killed by cyber-stalker’ in Sheffield

Ildiko Dohany, aged 34 years
Ildiko Dohany, aged 34 years
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A PART-TIME glamour model was strangled to death by an ‘infatuated’ cyber-stalker whose marriage proposal she rejected, a court heard.

Martin Vernarsky lavished his life savings on 34-year-old Ildiko Dohany including £5,000 towards an Audi and cash for a deposit on a house.

He even bought the Hungarian warehouse supervisor a ring.

But she regarded him as a friend and turned down his offer of marriage, continuing a relationship with a man she met on an internet dating site.

Sheffield Crown Court heard when obsessive Vernarsky, 24, learned his love rival was due to fly out to Hungary with her for her sister’s wedding he hacked into Miss Dohany’s emails more than 800 times and repeatedly viewed their explicit sexual messages.

His frustration at not being able to have Miss Dohany culminated in him strangling her, said prosecutor Nicholas Clarke QC.

The alleged murder took place last September.

Paramedics found Vernarsky trying to revive Miss Dohany, who was lying on her back in the street outside his home in Claywood Road, Norfolk Park.

Vernarsky, a Czech national, of Claywood Road, Norfolk Park, who worked with Miss Dohany at a logistics firm in Attercliffe, denies murder.

On Friday, September 9, last year he rang his landlord claiming he had found Miss Dohany dead in her car.

He told the emergency services she was his girlfriend and they had been due to go on holiday.

She was pronounced dead at 6.10am and a pathologist concluded she had been strangled.

Vernarsky was arrested on suspicion of murder.

He told police he had been in a sexual relationship with Miss Dohany since May 2010.

He claimed he’d had sex with her at his flat on the evening before her death and she went home to get her suitcase but failed to come back.

Venarksy said he went to her flat and found the Audi in the middle of the road.

He told police he was aware she did glamour modelling involving nudity - but he said it was ‘art rather than pornography’.

Mr Clarke told the jury: “The Crown suggest he was completely infatuated with the deceased. He was in daily contact with her, gave her his life savings to buy a car and money as a deposit on a house.

“But by the beginning of September he realised she did not want to marry him as he hoped. He was cyberstalking her and accessed her email account 800 times.

“He learned of her boyfriend’s intention to fly out to the wedding on top of her rejection of him and all the sexually explicit emails he was reading.

“All of that together was then the catalyst for what took place.”

Police constable Sarah Davies, from South Yorkshire Police, told jurors she found Vernarsky bare chested and ‘crouched down’ next to Miss Dohany’s body.

Pc Davies said she escorted Vernarsky into a police van.

“We had a conversation - I asked who she was and he said ‘She’s my friend - she’s my everything’, words to that effect.”

Vernarksy told her Miss Dohany had been at his house before going back to her own flat, and that she was due to come back to pick him up but didn’t arrive. He claimed they were both going overseas for a wedding.

“He told me he had been concerned when she hadn’t come back, so he walked back to her flat to see where she was,” Pc Davies said.

“He said by the time he got back to Claywood the vehicle was there and she was in the back of the car.”

Vernarksy said she was in a ‘slumped’ position, and referred to Miss Dohany having suffered from cancer.

“All he said was that it was ‘feminine problems’,” Pc Davies said.

“He was very distressed, rocking forwards and back.”

The trial continues.