Tuesday 25 October 2016

Fingerprints of brother and sister found in the home of victim, murder trial told

Published 27/10/2015 | 14:56

Sabrina Cummins
Sabrina Cummins

The jury in the trial of a brother and sister accused of murdering a 63-year-old man has heard that a number of fingerprints were found in the home of the deceased which were attributed to the two accused.

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Kenneth Cummins (28) and Sabrina Cummins (37), with an address at Ringsend Park, Dublin 4, have both pleaded not guilty to murdering Thomas Horan (63) at Cambridge Court, Ringsend on January 6th last year.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt addressed the jury of six men and six women this morning saying he would not say how long the rest of the case would take but reminded them that there were two people on trial here "for the purpose of convenience only".

"They are separate trials which happen to be taking place but at the same time," said the judge.

Prosecution counsel Remy Farrell SC today called Det Gda Conor Lawlor who is attached to the fingerprint section of the Garda Technical Bureau. He told the jury he attended the scene at Cambridge Court in Ringsend on January 8 2014 where the scene was being preserved.

The jury heard that Det Gda Lawlor found a fingerprint lift belonging to Kenneth Cummins underneath the handle of the bathroom door.

"I'm in no doubt these finger prints were made by Kenneth Cummins left forefinger,” said Det Gda Lawlor.

The court then heard another lift was taken from the frame of the door into the sitting room and the fingerprint was attributed to Kenneth Cummins.

Det Gda Lawlor told the court a fingerprint belonging to Sabrina Cummins was taken from the left handle of the bathroom door and he attributed it to Ms Cummins left thumb.

The jury also heard there was a number of Budweiser cans found in the bin of the kitchen belonging to Mr Horan.  Det Gda Lawlor said the cans had a number of fingerprints on them which could be attributed to

Kevin Cummins left thumb mark and his left middle finger.

The trial continues.

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