Thursday 22 March 2018

Man accused of murdering Anna Finnegan told her sister 'I'm coming for you next' - court hears

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

A man on trial accused of murdering his former partner told the deceased's sister that he was coming for her and her children next, a jury has heard.

Lisa Finnegan, the sister of the late Anna Finnegan, was on Friday giving evidence in the trial of Vesel Jahiri at the Central Criminal Court.

This morning, the accused dismissed his legal team and is now representing himself at the trial.

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.

This afternoon, prosecution counsel Mr Patrick Marrinan SC called Lisa Finnegan to give evidence.

Ms Finnegan said she recalled getting a phone call from a woman she did not know, on her brother’s phone, on the night her sister was killed.

This woman told Ms Finnegan that her brother was in a bad way but an ambulance was on its way. She said her sister had been taken away in a car.

Ms Finnegan said she was aware of the background circumstances of her sister’s relationship with Mr Jahiri. “Anna was to be with someone at all times, either myself, my aunt or Karl,” she said.

Ms Finnegan said her partner brought her straight to James Connolly Memorial Hospital after the phonecall. The witness said she then tried to ring Vesel but could not get through. Vesel then rang her phone and she asked him where her sister was and what he had done. He told her that he had taken Anna to hospital.

“I said if anything happens to my sister or brother jail won’t save you,” she said, saying she was upset and confused at the time.

"He told me he was coming down for me and my children next," she said. Miss Finnegan said their conversation was on loud-speaker on her phone so her partner heard this and he told her to hang up the phone.

Ms Finnegan agreed with counsel that she was shouting profanities at Mr Jahiri. At that time she had no clue that Anna was as badly hurt as she turned out to be.

In cross-examination Mr Jahiri put it to Ms Finnegan that he had not said that he was coming for her and her children. The witness denied this. Mr Jahiri then accused her of making threats to him on the phone saying that she would have him wiped out.

Mr Jahiri asked the witness if anyone did come to her house. She replied saying: “No but we lived in terror of that for days until you were found.”

The accused said the trouble between him and Lisa Finnegan began with a dispute over cars. Ms Finnegan said the trouble started on April 7, 2012 when they found out Vesel had punched Anna. “That’s a lie, I can prove it,” said Mr Jahiri.

Mr Jahiri asked the witness why did she “force Anna” not to allow him bring their daughter to Kosovo. Ms Finnegan said Anna did not want him taking their daughter to Kosovo as Anna was “terrified” of him.

Ms Finnegan denied organising Anna to go to Bray Women’s Refuge so she could have him “wiped out”. She said Anna had organised the refuge for her and her children.

This morning, Mr Justice Paul Coffey told the jury of nine men and three women that Mr Jahiri has exercised his right to represent himself and has dispensed with his lawyers.

The prosecution then called Garda Ryan Breen, who was attached to The Garda Communications Centre at Harcourt Square on September 21, to give evidence. Gda Breen agreed with Mr Marrinan that he answered a 999 call at 9.22pm on September 21 from Mr Jahiri. The jury then heard the 999 call made by a person identifying himself as the accused.

Mr Jahiri can be heard on the phonecall saying that there was a problem in the house and made references to being attacked with a knife. Mr Jahiri told Gda Breen that he could not tell him where he was but he would call into Blanchardstown Garda Station the next day. He also said during the phonecall that he was not allowed to see his children and the social services had tried to “set him up.”

Detective Inspector Ciaran McAnaney told Mr Marrinan that he made several attempts to contact Mr Jahiri after the events of September 21. Det Insp McAnaney spoke to him on the morning of September 22 and Vesel told him he had been in a bad fight and he would hand himself into gardai that day but refused to say where he was. The witness said he was crying and making references to killing himself and how he was better off dead. The court heard that Mr Jahiri presented himself voluntarily at Cabra Garda Station at 5.40pm that day.

Garda Amanda Lynch told the court that Vesel rang her and told her he had been in a fight with Karl Finnegan and Anna Finnegan had got in between them. He told her he couldn’t live without Anna. He came in ten minutes later to Cabra Garda Station. In the station Mr Jahiri took a knife from the pocket of his jacket and put it on the table.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Coffey.

It is expected to last between four and five weeks.

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