Sunday 21 January 2018

Murder trial hears of 'attempt to poison man (63) with cleaning fluids in robbery cover-up'

Sabrina Cummins is accused of murdering Thomas Horan
Sabrina Cummins is accused of murdering Thomas Horan

Daniel Hickey

A brother and sister murdered a man in an attempt to cover up a robbery, a jury at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin has heard.

Kenneth Cummins (28) and Sabrina Cummins (37), with an address at Ringsend Park, Dublin, have both pleaded not guilty to murdering Thomas Horan (63), at Cambridge Court, Ringsend, on January 6 last year.

Opening the trial, prosecution counsel Remy Farrell SC told the jury that both accused called to the victim's house in the early hours of the morning in question.

Their intention was to get money, he said, adding: "They decided to rob him and decided to kill him."

Mr Farrell said the jury will hear evidence that Mr Horan was "severely beaten", had a rope placed around his neck, a bag placed over his head, and that there was an "attempt to poison him" with cleaning fluids. "It was done to cover up that there was a robbery," he told the jury.

Post-mortem evidence will be "very important", Mr Farrell told the jury. He said this evidence will show that Mr Horan's death was caused by head, neck and chest injuries, "injuries you might associate with a savage beating".

Kenneth and Sabrina Cummins were arrested two days after Mr Horan's body was found, he told the jury.

The court heard evidence yesterday from Mary Rose O'Sullivan about a 999 call received on the date of the alleged murder.

A woman who called herself Joanna called 999 and told Ms O'Sullivan that she had found the body of her friend, the court heard.

The caller asked for the gardaí to be sent to Cambridge Square in Ringsend, the court heard.

Garda Ciaran Sweeney told the court that he arrived at the scene and noticed a couple sitting on the wall outside the Old Presbytery on Cambridge Road. "They were the only people around," he said.

A woman who he identified in court as the accused, Sabrina Cummins, approached Garda Sweeney. She identified herself as the 999 caller, he said.

Garda Sweeney told the jury that Ms Cummins told him that she was on her way home when she saw the victim's body through the window of his apartment. It was "absolutely impossible" to see in the window Ms Cummins had referred to, Garda Sweeney told the court. The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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