Wednesday 13 December 2017

Anna Finnegan sent texts saying she 'wanted to feel safe, without some animal beating her' - court hears

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

Alison O'Riordan

Anna Finnegan sent text messages to her former partner, who is accused of her murder, saying she did not want to see him again and wanted to feel “safe without some animal beating and bullying” her, a jury has heard.

A video of Vesel Jahiri's sixth garda interview was shown to a Central Criminal Court jury today in the fifth 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.

Yesterday, the court heard that Anna Finnegan wrote Mr Jahiri a letter where she stated that he had beaten her, made her life “hell” and had almost killed her a few times. The three-paged letter, which was never sent to Mr Jahiri, was found in a handbag which was located in the kitchen of Allendale Glen on September 23. The court heard that there was no date on the letter but it was written two or three weeks previously, before Anna moved to Bray Women’s Refuge with her two children.

Today, prosecution counsel Mr Patrick Marrinan SC played the jury a video of Mr Jahiri's sixth garda interview, recorded in Blanchardstown Garda Station on September 23.

The court heard that text messages were sent from Anna Finnegan’s mobile phone to Mr Jahiri’s mobile phone between September 8 and 14.

Ms Finnegan sent Mr Jahiri a text message where she wrote that it was not the children he missed but “the control”. The mother-of-two then proceeded to call her former partner “a control freak”.

Gardai put it to Mr Jahiri that he called Anna “a fucking drug dealer” in a text. Mr Jahiri agreed he called his former partner this and said it was because she was hanging around with drug dealers. The accused denied he was threatening Anna in this text message when he wrote Anna was going to "pay a big price".

The court heard that Anna sent Mr Jahiri text messages on September 10 where she told him she had “had enough” and did not want to see him again. Ms Finnegan also texted her former partner saying she was changing her number as well as the locks on Allendale Glen. “I’m not interested in money. I just want to feel safe, bringing up my kids without some animal beating and bullying me,” she texted.

In another text message Ms Finnegan told the accused she was “finished feeling sorry” for him and had learnt in the last few weeks what a “psycho” he was.

Gardai put it to the accused that it was “very obvious” from these text messages that Anna was afraid of him. The accused denied this and told gardai that these text messages were not sent by Anna. He said these text messages were from Anna’s sister and her cousin.

Mr Jahiri also denied to gardai that his former partner called him “an animal" and said that only arose since he had a fight with her sister.

Mr Jahiri went on to tell gardai that “thirty percent of this case” was not true.

This afternoon, the prosecution called Garda Paul Kirwan to give evidence. Gda Kirwan agreed with counsel that he conducted the second memo of interview with Mr Jahiri in Blanchardstown Garda Station.

In cross-examination, the accused put it to Gda Kirwan that he “wiped” Karl Finnegan’s fingerprints off a blood-stained kitchen knife and then told Mr Finnegan to change his statement. “That’s not correct judge,” replied Gda Kirwan.

The court heard that a fingerprints expert will be called to give evidence later in the trial.

Opening the prosecution case to a jury five 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.

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