Sunday 19 November 2017

Murder accused told gardaí he did not stab his former partner - court hears

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

Alison O'Riordan

A murder accused told gardai that he did not stab his former partner and had no weapon on him when he forced his way into her house, his trial has heard.

Vesel Jahiri’s garda interviews were read to the Central Criminal Court today in the fourth 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.

This morning, prosecution counsel Mr Patrick Marrinan SC called Sergeant Patrick Traynor, from Pearse Street Garda Station, to give evidence.

Sgt Traynor said he conducted the first memo of interview with Mr Jahiri at 7.30pm on September 22 in Blanchardstown Garda Station.

Mr Jahiri said he knocked at the door of Allendale Glen on the evening of September 21 and heard Karl Finnegan say he was calling gardai. Mr

Jahiri told gardai that he was angry as he was told by social services that he would never see his children so he forced his way into the house. Mr Jahiri said that he had no weapon on him and he just wanted to see his children for ten minutes.

The accused said that Karl and Anna were in the kitchen and that Karl lifted a kitchen chair at him which hit him on the right side of his face.

Mr Jahiri said Karl had two knives on him and Karl tried to hit him with them. Mr Jahiri then hit Karl, who fell over and dropped a knife.

The accused picked up the knife and both of them tried to stab each other. Mr Jahiri said he stabbed Karl once and thought Karl was going to kill him.

Mr Jahiri told gardai that Anna was in the middle and was trying to stop them fighting but both of them would not stop.

Mr Jahiri said Anna then went to the front door of the house and ran outside. The accused told gardai that he could not remember Anna being stabbed and only knew she was hurt when she dropped down at a neighbour’s door. Mr Jahiri said he then put Anna in the back seat of his car and brought her to hospital.

Mr Jahiri told gardai that he did not stab Anna and denied bringing a knife to the house. He said he loved his former partner and was not responsible for her death.

The accused denied that he bullied Anna but said they argued sometimes.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Coffey and a jury of nine men and three women.

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