Friday 20 October 2017

Mum pointed at accused, saying 'he did it' before she died, jury told

Vesel Jahiri, left, and Anna Finnegan, right. Photo: Collins
Vesel Jahiri, left, and Anna Finnegan, right. Photo: Collins

Alison O'Riordan

Anna Finnegan pointed at her former partner and the man who would be accused of her murder and said "He did it", a witness has told a jury.

Korill Allen, a security officer attached to James Connolly Memorial Hospital, yesterday gave evidence in the trial of Vesel Jahiri at the Central Criminal Court.

Mr Jahiri (35), originally from Kosovo but of no fixed abode, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms 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 on the same date.

Last week, Mr Jahiri dismissed his legal team and is now representing himself at the trial.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Paul Coffey addressed the jury and said that there was a prospect on Wednesday that Mr Jahiri would instruct a legal team but unfortunately that had not happened.

Emergency

Mr Allen told prosecution counsel Mr Patrick Marrinan SC that he was with his colleague Svetlana Akopova when he heard a car arrive near the entrance of the emergency department at the James Connolly Memorial Hospital at 8.40pm on September 21.

The witness told Mr Marrinan that they went outside and saw a white Ford Focus car stopping very close to the entrance. He said there was a woman inside the car who he understood to be injured.

Mr Allen recalled an ambulance crew approaching the car and a woman being pulled from the vehicle.

He and an ambulanceman went to get a trolley and brought it out to where the woman was. Mr Allen said the woman was on the ground near the car and when he was in the process of lifting her on to the trolley, she pointed at the driver of the car and said: "He did it."

The witness agreed with counsel that he was holding the patient's head when she said this.

He said the man she pointed to was a few metres away.

The witness agreed that he was bald, in his mid-30s and had blood on his head.

The court heard that Mr Allen recalled moving the woman, who he now knew to be Anna Finnegan, on the trolley into the resuscitation area. When Mr Allen went outside after speaking to his manager, the driver and the car were gone.

In cross-examination Mr Jahiri asked Mr Allen why other witnesses have said they never saw Anna pointing at him and saying he did it.

"I don't know," replied Mr Allen.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Coffey and a jury of nine men and three women.

Irish Independent

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