Tuesday 25 October 2016

Jury in Sabrina Cummins trial to begin deliberations tomorrow

Alison O'Riordan

Published 12/11/2015 | 16:31

Sabrina Cummins
Sabrina Cummins

The judge in the trial of a 37-year-old woman accused of murdering a Dublin man last year has finished his charge to the jury and they will begin deliberations in the morning.

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Sabrina Cummins with an address at Ringsend Park, Dublin 4, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Thomas Horan (63) at Cambridge Court, Ringsend on January 6 last year.

This afternoon Mr Justice Tony Hunt said to the jury as "unpleasant" as it is they have to try and put themselves at the scene and come to a conclusion on the injuries caused to Mr Horan and how they came about.

"What went on is relevant as Sabrina Cummins was there and you have to decide if she had a culpable part or was a spectator," he said.

He told the jury there were three verdicts available to them in this case.

"You can convict of murder if you are satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt. You can acquit if the prosecution have not proved murder. It is also possible to reach another verdict in the case, the category of manslaughter, where there was no intention to kill or cause serious injury," he said.

The judge then said he would send the jury out to begin deliberating in the morning (FRIDAY) but would see them firstly at 10.30am.

The trial continues.

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