Wednesday 23 August 2017

Murder accused alleges there was 'collusion' between gardai and witnesses in his trial

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

Alison O'Riordan

A man accused of murdering his former partner and mother of their two children has alleged that there was “collusion” between gardai and witnesses in his trial.

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 on the same date.

Mr Jahiri has dismissed his legal team and is now representing himself at the trial.

Yesterday, Detective Garda Brendan O’Hora told prosecution counsel, Mr Patrick Marrinan SC, that he conducted a memo of interviewwith Mr Jahiri at 5.30pm on September 23 in Blanchardstown Garda Station.

Under cross-examination by Mr Jahiri, Det Gda O’Hora denied he told Karl Finnegan to say that he banged his head on the floor in his statement and that is why he could not remember anything. Mr Jahiri said Karl Finnegan remembered everything else and he also said there was no evidence of Mr Finnegan banging his head.

The court previously heard evidence from Mr Finnegan in which he described blacking out after hitting the kitchen floor and awaking with stab wounds after Mr Jahiri came at him with a knife.

Mr Jahiri put it to Det Gda O'Hora that another witness, Joan Broe, said in her initial statement that she saw Mr Jahiri kicking Anna Finnegan on the night. The accused said this statement was put to him by Det Gda O'Hora during their interview. Det Gda O’Hora denied he told Ms Broe to say this.

The accused put it to Det Gda O'Hora that he “guided” Mr Finnegan and Ms Broe “to say all these things at the beginning.” Det Gda O’Hora denied this and said: “That’s not correct I didn’t guide anyone.”

Ms Broe previously gave evidence that she was “100 per cent certain” about her account of seeing Mr Jahiri chase his former partner, bring her to the ground and punch her to her right hand side.

Mr Jahiri asked Det Gda O’Hora if Karl Finnegan had told him that he (Karl Finnegan) told Joan Broe that his sister had been stabbed. Mr Jahiri suggested that this "clearly shows that Karl remembers everything.” The witness denied this.

Mr Jahiri asked Det Gda O’Hora why certain witnesses were “all saying different things now.” Det Gda O’Hora said he could not comment on certain witnesses’ evidence as he did not take their statements.

Naming certain witnesses and gardai in his trial, Mr Jahiri then said there was “collusion” between these parties. Following an objection from Mr Marrinan, Mr Justice Paul Coffey asked the jury to leave the court room.

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

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