Friday 20 April 2018

'I know where you f***ing are' - Murder accused 'threatened to kill mother-of-two', court told

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)

Andrew Phelan

MURDER accused Vesel Jahiri threatened his ex-partner Anna Finnegan hours before she died, saying: "I know where you f***ing are, I'll come and kill yous", the Central Criminal Court has been told.

A close friend of Ms Finnegan (25) said Mr Jahiri (35) made the threat over the phone, and the alleged victim was shaking, sobbing and "terrified" afterwards.

The friend, Janice O'Neill, was giving evidence in the trial of Mr Jahiri, who denies stabbing Ms Finnegan to death.

The jury was told Ms Finnegan had made the call to Mr Jahiri to ask for money she was owed and put it on speaker so her friend could hear.

The call was made on Ms Finnegan's mobile phone while she was visiting her friend's house with her and Mr Jahiri's two children.

Mr Jahiri, of Louth Village, Dundalk, denies murdering Ms Finnegan at her home at Allendale Glen, Clonsilla, on September 21, 2012.

He also denies assault causing harm to her brother Karl Finnegan on the same date.

Led through her evidence by Patrick Marrinan, for the prosecution, Ms O'Neill told the court she was a close friend of Ms Finnegan and her sister Lisa Finnegan.

Ms O'Neill said she lived with her three children in Clonee and would have met Ms Finnegan at least once a week.

Ms Finnegan and her two children came to her house at around 12.30pm on September 21.


Ms O'Neill said she was aware the accused and Ms Finnegan had separated and there was an arrangement whereby her brother Karl was staying in her house.

She recalled Ms Finnegan calling Mr Jahiri on her phone and putting it on the loudspeaker. The first thing she recalled Mr Jahiri saying was: "This is dangerous, what are you doing, Anna? I want to see the kids."

Ms O'Neill said Ms Finnegan explained to Mr Jahiri that he could not see the children until they went back to court.

"He was shouting at her, saying 'I don't care, I want to see my kids by 7 o'clock'," she said.

The tone was "very angry", she added.

"It was a scary tone of voice, you know. Being aggressive."

Ms O'Neill said Ms Finnegan had asked the accused about the money he owed her and told him it was "for Auntie Frances".

"Then Vesel said 'I have the money, I have £5,000 in my pocket, I'll give you the f***ing money'," Ms O'Neill said.

"He was screaming 'I want to see the kids, I want to buy my f***ing children things'," she added.

She gave evidence that, when Ms Finnegan told Mr Jahiri he could not see the children, he said: "I know where you f***ing are, I'll come and kill yous."

"He kept shouting into the phone, I'm going to kill you, this is very f***ing dangerous what you are doing. I know where you are. This is dangerous, I'll f***ing kill you, Anna'," Ms O'Neill said.

At one point, Ms Finnegan held her hand over the phone and was shaking and sobbing, and said: "What am I going to do, Janice? How am I going to get away from this? I'm terrified."

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Coffey and a jury.

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