Thursday 14 December 2017

Anna Finnegan pointed at accused and said: "He did it" before she died in hospital

Vesel Jahiri (35) is accused of fatally injuring his ex-partner Anna Finnegan (25)
Vesel Jahiri (35) is accused of fatally injuring his ex-partner Anna Finnegan (25)

Alison O'Riordan

Anna Finnegan pointed at her former partner and the man 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, today 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 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.

Last week, Mr Jahiri dismissed his legal team and is now representing himself at the trial. This afternoon, Mr Justice Paul Coffey addressed the jury and said that there was a prospect yesterday that Mr Jahiri would instruct a legal team but that had not happened.

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 a person was driving the car and there was a woman inside whom he understood to be injured. Mr Allen recalled an ambulance crew approaching the car and a woman being pulled from the car. He and an ambulance man went to get a trolley and brought the trolley 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 onto 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-thirties 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.

Mr Jahiri put it to Mr Allen that the gardai told him to make this allegation against him. The witness denied this. The accused said the witness was lying about what he saw but Mr Allen also denied this.

Svetlana Akopova, a security officer attached to James Connolly Memorial Hospital, also gave evidence today. She told Mr Marrinan that she saw a white Ford Focus pull up very quickly at the front door of the Emergency Department of the hospital on September 21. She agreed that the driver of the car got out of his car and shouted: “Help, help, help.”

She agreed that a woman was being helped on the ground by a man and two ambulance crew. Ms Akopova said the woman was placed on a trolley and brought inside the hospital. She said she saw the woman try to say something but did not know what she said.

In cross-examination Ms Akopova told Mr Jahiri that she did not hear the woman say: “He did it.” She agreed with the accused that she did not see the deceased nor anyone else point at him. She said that after the woman was brought into the hospital, Mr Jahiri told her he wanted to park his car and would be back in five minutes but he left the grounds of the hospital.

Kevin Maypother, a firefighter with Dublin Fire Brigade, told Mr Marrinan that he was doing paper work in his ambulance on September 21 when a car flashed by. He said he saw a woman being taken out of the back seat of a white car.

Mr Maypother agreed with Mr Jahiri that he did not hear this woman say anything like “he did it.” He agreed with the accused that he did not

see any hands being pointed at anyone but said this woman was able to move her hands.

Mr Ken Leech, another firefighter with Dublin Fire Brigade, told Mr Marrinan that he was in the ambulance on September 21 when his attention was drawn to a car. He said there was a male lifting a female and she seemed to slip from his grasp.

Mr Leech said the man was in an agitated state and he noticed the woman had a wound on the left hand side of her chest. He said when this woman was placed on a trolley she repeated her name, address and the words ‘my brother, my brother’ on a number of occasions.

In cross-examination Mr Leech told Mr Jahiri that he did not recall the woman say: “He did it” or point at anyone.

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

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