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Tuesday 20 February 2018

'I want to feel safe and bring up my kids without some animal beating and bullying me', victim text killer

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

Conor Feehan

Anna Finnegan was a devoted mum of two who found herself in a relationship with an abusive and violent man.

Anna met Vesel Jahiri when she was just 16. They had two children together and a normal relationship, until things began to turn sour. Kosovo national Jahiri started to become controlling and violent.

They separated and Anna had to take out a protection order against Jahiri when his behaviour became too much for her to bear.

But because they had two children, Jahiri became increasingly concerned about getting access to them.

Anna had gone to a refuge centre with the children in Bray shortly before her murder.

At that stage, her relationship with Jahiri was effectively over. She had managed to extricate herself from the physical and mental torment Jahiri had put her through.

On the morning of September 21, Anna went to the Wellman Centre with her children and Jahiri was also there.

Anna then went to the house of her friend Janice O'Neil with her children. Late that afternoon, she received a phone call from Jahiri.

She went home and was sitting in the kitchen with her brother Karl, having tea and a chat, when the door was battered in and Jahiri came in, armed with a knife.

He immediately attacked Karl, and then Anna.

The frightened mum ended up collapsing in the driveway.

Jahiri went to his car, which was parked not far away, and came back in it.

He got out and put Anna into the back, then drove immediately to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, leaving her there before driving away. She did not survive her injuries.

Inspector Ann Ellis told the court that when she searched Anna's home, she found a protection order in a press and a letter written by the victim to Jahiri in her handbag.

The letter shed light on Anna's suffering, as she detailed the beatings Jahiri had inflicted on her, how he had made her life "hell" and nearly killed her on a number of occasions.

The court heard that there was no date on the letter, but it was written two or three weeks previously, before Anna moved to the women's refuge with her two children.

Evidence was also heard that Anna sent text messages to Jahiri, saying she did not want to see him again and wanted to feel "safe without some animal beating and bullying" her.

She also texted him saying she was changing her number, as well as the locks on Allendale Glen.

"I'm not interested in money. I just want to feel safe, bringing up my kids without some animal beating and bullying me," she texted.

In another text message, she told Jahiri she was "finished feeling sorry" for him and had learned in the past few weeks what a "psycho" he was.


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