Wednesday 28 September 2016

Man changes his plea and admits murder of 'gullible human being' (63)

Alison O'Riordan

Published 12/11/2015 | 02:30

Kenneth Cummins
Kenneth Cummins
Sabrina Cummins

A man has pleaded guilty to murdering a 63-year-old man at his home after a trial lasting more than four weeks.

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Kenneth Cummins (28), with an address at Ringsend Park, Dublin 4, previously pleaded not guilty to murdering Thomas Horan at Cambridge Court, Ringsend, on January 6 last year.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt told the jury yesterday afternoon that "something was going to happen now which will explain why we had this delay".

Cummins was then re- arraigned in front of the jury and pleaded guilty to the murder of Mr Horan.

Mr Justice Hunt then told the jury that Cummins has "taken a certain course of action and had instructed his team to that effect".

The judge told the jury that this brought its involvement in the trial of Kenneth Cummins to an end, and they now have one trial to deal with, that of his sister, Sabrina Cummins.

"I will proceed to deal with instructions in her trial in the morning. See you at 10am," he said.

Sabrina Cummins (37), also with an address at Ringsend Park, Dublin 4, has pleaded not guilty to murder.

The court previously heard that Mr Horan's brother-in-law give evidence calling the deceased "mentally challenged" and a "gullible human being".

The court heard Mr Horan seemed to have been "kindness personified" in terms of things he did for his ex-wife as well as having Sabrina Cummins stay in his apartment as his guest when space "overspilled" in her sister's apartment.

The prosecution counsel told the jury in his closing speech that this was "a protracted torturing and killing of another human being".

Counsel said there were only two people present when Mr Horan was "beaten to death" in his apartment.

The trial continues.

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