A MAN accused of strangling a part-time glamour model after she rejected his marriage proposal told police their relationship was ‘something special and secret’ after he was arrested on suspicion of her murder.
Martin Vernarsky, aged 25, allegedly killed 34-year-old Ildiko Dohany after ‘cyberstalking’ her and becoming obsessed about her relationship with another man, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
Jurors were told during police interviews, Vernarsky told officers his relationship with Miss Dohany was going ‘very well’ in the months before her death last September, and that he ‘never asked any questions’ about his love rival.
The Czech national said he first met Miss Dohany, from Hungary, in November 2009, and became closer to her around six months later.
He told police soon afterwards she invited him out to dinner following a gym session.
“She told me, ‘We need to speak to each other - there are many things between us that we need to speak about.’
“I was surprised. She started to talk about us, she said ‘I need this for my life, to feel like a real woman’. She was saying everything could be perfect.”
Vernarsky, who worked alongside Miss Dohany at a logistics firm in Attercliffe, said there were ‘many stories’ at the company about her personal life.
But he added: “Our relationship continued very well. We saw each other behind everyone’s backs. It was something special and secret.”
Vernarsky, who denies murder, also said he told Miss Dohany that her nude glamour modelling career was ‘not a problem’.
He said he tried to resuscitate her when he found her unconscious in the back of her Audi car, parked in the middle of the road outside his home on Claywood Road, Norfolk Park.
“She was completely cold and white,” he said, adding: “I never did it.”
The trial continues.