Wednesday 22 November 2017

Anna Finnegan's brother suffered stab wounds to his head and chest, court hears

Vesel Jahiri, left, and Anna Finnegan, right. Photo: Collins
Vesel Jahiri, left, and Anna Finnegan, right. Photo: Collins
Mr Jahiri attacked Anna Finnegan and her brother Karl in her home, the court heard Picture: Collins

Alison O'Riordan

The trial of the man accused of murdering Anna Finnegan has heard that her brother was brought to hospital having suffered stab wounds to his head and chest.

Dr Mayilone Arumuganasy, a consultant surgeon at 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.

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

Mr Arumuganasy agreed with prosecution counsel Mr Patrick Marrinan SC that Karl Finnegan, the older brother of the deceased, was admitted to the Emergency Department at James Connolly Memorial Hospital on September 21.

Mr Arumuganasy said Mr Finnegan had two stab wounds, one to his chest area and the other to the right temple of his head.

The witness said that the penetrating injury to Mr Finnegan’s chest wall caused his lung to collapse.  A CT brain scan also showed there was a fracture to Mr Finnegan’s skull and the orbit of his eye.

Karl Finnegan previously gave evidence in the trial that he blacked out and awoke with stab wounds after Mr Jahiri came at him with a knife.

In cross-examination, Mr Arumuganasy told Mr Jahiri that the implement used would have had to penetrate Mr Finnegan’s chest wall in order to collapse his lung. “It was a deep penetrating injury into his right lung,” he said.

Mr Arumuganasy was unable to tell Mr Jahiri how much force was used or if enough force had been used to bend a knife. Dr Hilary Clarke, from Forensic Science Ireland, previously gave evidence in the trial that Anna Finnegan’s DNA was found on a blood-stained knife and the blade on this knife was slightly bent.

The court heard that Mr Finnegan was discharged from hospital, three days later, on September 24.

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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