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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Judge tells jury not to draw 'any inference' from defendent's no-show

Published 30/06/2014|13:08

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Central Criminal Court

A jury in the trial of a man accused of stabbing his former partner has been told they must not draw any inference from his absence from court today.

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Vesel Jahiri, of Louth Village, Dundalk but originally from Kosovo, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Anna Finnegan at Allendale Glen, Clonsilla in Dublin on the 21 of September 2012.

Mr Jahiri has also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm on Ms Finnegan's brother, Karl, on the same date.

The Central Criminal Court has previously heard how Anna Finnegan and Mr Jahiri had been in a ten-year relationship that had ‘deteriorated dramatically’.

They had two young children together and ‘access had become more than a thorny subject’.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott presiding told the jury of six men and four women that the trial cannot continue for the moment.

“As is clear, Mr Jahiri is not here this morning and so the trial cannot continue at the moment,” said Mr Justice McDermott.

“We are going to have that rectified and proceed with the trial tomorrow. All of the evidence has been heard.”

“What you must not do is draw any inference from the absence of the accused.”

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