Sunday 22 April 2018

Accused heard of his partner's death on news, court hears

Vezel Jahiri
Vezel Jahiri

The jury in the trial of a man accused of stabbing his former partner has heard that he first learned of her death on the radio news.

Vesel Jahiri, of Louth Village, Dundalk but originally from Kosovo, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Anna Finnegan at Allendale Glen, Clonsilla in Dublin on the 21 of September 2012.

Mr Jahiri has also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm on Ms Finnegan's brother, Karl, on the same date.

The Central Criminal Court has previously heard how Anna Finnegan and Mr Jahiri had been in a ten-year relationship that had ‘deteriorated dramatically’.

They had two young children together and ‘access had become more than a thorny subject’.

Under cross-examination by Mr Patrick Marrinan SC prosecuting today, Mr Jahiri was asked when he first heard Anna was dead.

“The next day I was driving in the car in the morning. The news did say what happened. An incident had happened that night and Anna had died. It was a big shock.”

When asked about the events that took place in Allondale Glen on the 21 of September, Mr Jahiri said he was ‘upset’.

The prosecution asked the accused “what was your purpose when you broke down the door?”

Mr Jahiri answered, “they bullied Anna so many times. I didn’t know Karl was going to be there”.

Mr Marrinan said “I have to suggest to you that you stabbed Anna for whatever reason in a fit of anger” to which the accused replied “I didn’t”.

The trial continues this afternoon before a jury of six men and four women with Mr Justice Paul McDermott presiding.

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