Saturday 16 December 2017

Juror discharged in murder trial as prosecution finishes giving evidence

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

Eoin Reynolds

The prosecution has finished giving evidence in the trial of a Kosovan man accused of murdering his former partner.

Vesel 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.

Patrick Marrinan SC, for the prosecution, told the jury of six men and four women this afternoon that they have heard all the State's evidence.

Justice Paul Coffey told the jury that the trial has now entered a new phase whereby the accused man can give or call evidence. Mr Jahiri has been representing himself at the Central Criminal Court but Justice Coffey told the jury he is now being represented by solicitor Tony Collier.

Justice Coffey adjourned the court until 2pm to allow Mr Collier consult with his client. The court also heard that one of the jurors had been discharged due to a family bereavement, leaving ten jurors remaining.

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