Sunday 25 June 2017

Murder accused claimed there was no point continuing to live if former partner dead, trial hears

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

Alison O'Riordan

A murder accused told gardai that there was no point in him continuing to live if his former partner and mother of their two children was dead, his trial has heard.

The first of Vesel Jahiri’s video garda interviews was shown to a Central Criminal Court jury today in the fourth week of the 35-year-old’s trial.

Mr Jahiri, 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.

Today, prosecution counsel Mr Patrick Marrinan SC played the first video of interview, recorded in Blanchardstown Garda Station on September 22.

Mr Jahiri told gardai that he had no problem with Anna Finnegan. He said: "I had a problem with her sister and husband as they told Anna to go to the refuge place."

The dead woman's sister Lisa Finnegan previously gave evidence in the trial and denied organising Anna to go to Bray Women’s Refuge so she could have Mr Jahiri “wiped” out. Lisa Finnegan said Anna had organised the refuge for her and her children.

Mr Jahiri also told gardai that he did not want to live. He said: “What’s the point of me living if she (Anna) is dead. I can’t live for much longer.”

The accused repeated to gardai on several occasions that he did not stab Anna and described it as a “bad accident”. He said he had no problems with Anna.

Mr Jahiri said he was not capable of crying. “I lost my mother I didn’t cry, I lost my sister I didn’t cry. I can’t cry,” he said.

The accused told gardai that he did not see Anna bleeding in her house. He also said there was no blood on the back seat of his car after he drove her to James Connolly Memorial Hospital.

Opening the prosecution case to a jury four weeks ago, Mr Marrinan said that Mr Jahiri and Anna Finnegan were in a relationship for about ten years and had two children together. However, their relationship “turned sour” prior to September 2012 and they ended up separating. It is alleged that Mr Jahiri stabbed Ms Finnegan to death after he “battered” down her front door and attacked her and her brother.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Coffey and a jury of nine men and two women. One juror was discharged this morning after becoming ill.

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