Father-of-two 'stabbed mother of children after relationship went sour' - murder trial hears
A father-of-two stabbed the mother of his children to death after he “battered” down her front door and attacked her and her brother in her kitchen, it has been alleged.
Vesel Jahiri (35) fatally injured his ex-partner Anna Finnegan (25) at her home in west Dublin after their 10-year relationship went “sour” and issues arose over access to their children, a prosecution lawyer said.
Patrick Marrinan SC told the Central Criminal Court today that while Mr Jahiri immediately drove Ms Finnegan to hospital after she collapsed on the street outside, that did not “absolve his from responsibility for causing her death.”
He was delivering his opening statement to the jury as Mr Jahiri went on trial this afternoon.
The accused, a mechanic, of Louth Village, Dundalk, denies murdering Ms Finnegan at her home at Allendale Glen, Clonsilla on September 21, 2012.
He also denies assault causing harm to her brother Karl Finnegan on the same date.
Mr Marrinan told the jury the accused was Kosovan by birth but had lived in Ireland since 1999 and was an Irish citizen.
He owned a garage and was a mechanic by trade.
The accused was in a relationship with Ms Finnegan from when she was very young and they were together for about 10 years. They had two young children and a “normal relationship” until things turned “sour” leading up to September 2012.
They ended up separating and Ms Finnegan had a protection order against the accused. She had gone to a refuge centre in Bray with her children and in early September reconnected with Mr Jahiri but “effectively the relationship was over.”
The accused was extremely concerned about getting access to his children and a plan was put in place by social services whereby Karl Finnegan would stay in Allendale Glen with his sister and she was in his company in the evenings when he was not working.
In the day, arrangements were put in place whereby she would have access to other members of her family, the jury heard.
On the morning of September 21, Ms Finnegan went to the Wellman Centre with her children and the accused was also in attendance, Mr Marrinan continued.
She then went to the house of a friend, Janice O’Neil, with her children and late in the afternoon there was a phone call from the accused.
Ms Finnegan went home and was sitting in the kitchen with her brother having tea and a chat when the door was allegedly “battered in” and the accused came in “armed with a knife and immediately went to Karl Finnegan.”
It would be alleged that the accused attacked Mr Finnegan, who was “struck twice with a knife, once causing a fracture to the orbit of his eye and a stab wound to his chest area.”
Mr Finnegan felt faint and may have gone unconscious but was aware of the fact that Ms Finnegan fled from the house and went outside.
It was alleged Mr Finnegan was aware the accused had gone out after her.
Mr Finnegan would say he followed them eventually. There would be nobody in the case who could say they saw the accused stab Anna Finnegan, Mr Marrinan said.
However, he told the jury they could draw “inferences” from the evidence.
Ms Finnegan ended up collapsing in the driveway and there would be evidence from two eye witnesses as to what they perceived was happening, Mr Marrinan said.
The accused went to his car which was parked not far away and came back in it. He got out and put Ms Finnegan into the back, then drove immediately to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown.
Mr Marrinan said the “intention” in a murder case could be formed in an instant or “evaporate” in an instant.
“It is the prosecution’s case that the accused man, having stabbed Anna Finnegan, immediately regretted it and brought her to the hospital,” Mr Marrinan said. “That doesn’t exonerate him, it doesn’t absolve him of responsibility for what the prosecution say is causing her death.”
The court heard staff came out of the hospital and brought Ms Finnegan inside to treat her and the accused went off in his car.
Ambulance staff tended to Karl Finnegan at the scene at Allendale Glen. Mr Marrinan said the jury would hear a transcript of a call made by the accused to 999.
The following day Mr Jahiri handed himself in at Cabra Garda Station and brought a knife which he claimed was a knife he had taken from Karl Finnegan “when he was acting in self defence.”
Mr Marrinan said as far as he could see, as a result of what he said, the accused man’s case was that he went down to the house to give some money to Anna Finnegan but he was not allowed access to the house and admitted he broke down the door and went in.
“He says he was confronted by Karl Finnegan who had a knife or knives… he managed to take a knife off Karl Finnegan and stabbed Karl Finnegan but only did so in self defence,” Mr Marrinan said.
“He denied that he stabbed and killed Anna Finnegan. He is effectively saying he stabbed Karl Finnegan and did so in self defence and in the course of this, Karl Finnegan stabbed his sister or, alternatively. He doesn’t know how she received those fatal injuries.”
The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Coffey and a jury of three women and nine men.