Tuesday 27 June 2017

Man in murder trial dismisses lawyers

Mr Justice Paul Coffey yesterday told the jury of nine men and three women that Mr Jahiri has exercised his right to represent himself and had dispensed of the lawyers that were representing him (Stock photo)
Mr Justice Paul Coffey yesterday told the jury of nine men and three women that Mr Jahiri has exercised his right to represent himself and had dispensed of the lawyers that were representing him (Stock photo)

Alison O'Riordan

A man accused of murdering his former partner, the mother of their two children, is representing himself during the trial after dismissing his legal team.

Vesel Jahiri (35), originally from Kosovo but of no fixed abode, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Anna Finnegan (25) at Allendale Glen, Clonsilla, Dublin 15, on September 21, 2012.

He has also pleaded not guilty to assaulting Karl Finnegan, causing him harm, at the same place and on the same date.

Mr Justice Paul Coffey yesterday told the jury of nine men and three women that Mr Jahiri has exercised his right to represent himself and had dispensed of the lawyers that were representing him.

Prosecution counsel Patrick Marrinan called Garda Ryan Breen, who was attached to The Garda Communications Centre, at Harcourt Square, on September 21, to give evidence.

Gda Breen agreed with Mr Marrinan that he answered a 999 call at 9.22pm on September 21 from Mr Jahiri.

The jury then heard the 999 call made by a person identifying himself as the accused.

The prosecution also called Brian Conlon, a first cousin of the deceased, to give evidence.

He agreed with Mr Marrinan that he identified Anna Finnegan's body at the mortuary of Tallaght Hospital on September 22.

The murder trial continues.

Irish Independent

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