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Friday 9 December 2016

Man on trial for murder changes his plea to guilty

Kenneth Cummins
Kenneth Cummins
Sabrina Cummins

A Dublin man has pleaded guilty to murdering a 63-year-old at his home last year after a trial lasting over four weeks.

Kenneth Cummins (28) previously pleaded not guilty to murdering Thomas Horan (63) at Cambridge Court, Ringsend on January 6, 2014.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt told the jury at 4.15pm yesterday afternoon that "something was going to happen now which will explain why we had this delay".

Kenneth Cummins, with an address at Ringsend Park, Dublin 4, was then re-arraigned in front of the jury where he pleaded guilty to the murder of Mr Horan.

Mr Justice Hunt then told the jury Mr Cummins has "taken a certain course of action and had instructed his team to that effect".

The judge told the jury that this brings its involvement in the trial of Kenneth Cummins to an end and they now have one trial to deal with, that of his sister, Ms Sabrina Cummins.

"I will proceed to deal with instructions in her trial in the morning. See you at 10am," he said.

Sabrina Cummins (37), with an address at Ringsend Park, Dublin 4, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Thomas Horan (63) at Cambridge Court, Ringsend on January 6 last year.

The court previously heard Mr Horan's brother-in-law give evidence calling the deceased "mentally challenged" and a "gullible human being".

The court heard Mr Horan seemed to have been "kindness personified" in terms of things he did for his ex-wife as well as having Sabrina Cummins stay in his apartment as his guest when space "overspilled" in her sister's apartment.

Torturing

The prosecution counsel told the jury in his closing speech that this was "a protracted torturing and killing of another human being".

Prosecution counsel, Mr Remy Farrell SC, began his closing speech to the jury by telling them this was a case that involved a dead man of "advanced years" who was subjected to a "savage beating".

Mr Farrell said there were only two people present when Mr Horan was "beaten to death" in his apartment.

The trial continues.

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