Wednesday 24 May 2017

Man stabbed with fork, strangled and poisoned, court hears

Kenneth Cummins
Kenneth Cummins
Sabrina Cummins

Alison O'Riordan

An elderly man was beaten, stabbed with a fork, strangled and poisoned with cleaning fluids during a robbery, a murder trial heard.

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 6 last year.

Prosecution counsel Remy Farrell SC read from a statement given by Kenneth Cummins to Garda Brian Hunt at Irishtown Garda Station on January 8, 2014.

The jury heard that his sister Sabrina said the deceased "looked after or fostered" her and her sister Breda when they were growing up.

"Sabrina told me he lived in Ringsend. She told me she stayed there sometimes," read Mr Farrell.

The court heard from Mr Cummins's statement that he and Sabrina went to Mr Horan's bedsit on the night to rob him of €2,000.

Mr Farrell read that Mr Cummins struck the deceased with a stick three or four times.

"She asked me to get a knife. She didn't use that knife and told me to get a fork which she stuck in his neck three or four times," read the barrister.

Mr Farrell also read that Mr Cummins said the two of them strangled Mr Horan with a belt.

"She put it around his neck and she asked me to pull it tighter so I started pulling it. First the stick, then the fork/knife, then the belt, then the spirits.

"We strangled him for 10-20 minutes and used all our strength," read the barrister.

Mr Farrell read that Mr Cummins told gardaí that Sabrina said she was going to finish the job - so she poisoned him with a bottle of white spirits, toilet cleaner and washing up liquid.

"She said we have to finish it and asked me to hold his hands tight and poured white spirits down his throat.

"She turned around and said the bastard still isn't dead, she then got toilet cleaner liquid and asked me to hold his hands tight when she poured it down his throat. She asked me to get washing up liquid and the same again so we did that as well."

The court heard that Kenneth Cummins told gardaí that Ms Cummins kicked him in the face and banged the deceased head on a shelf four times.

"I checked him and he was gone and I picked up a jacket and put it over his head, All we got was €50, we looked everywhere for money," read the barrister.

"All I know is we wanted the money and it turned to violence and we had to finish it off."

Later in the afternoon a social worker told the court that Sabrina Cummins and her sister Breda were never fostered by Mr Horan.

The trial continues.

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