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Friday 9 December 2016

Man stabbed with fork, strangled and poisoned with toilet cleaner, court is told

Sabrina Cummins and brother, Kenneth, deny the murder charges
Sabrina Cummins and brother, Kenneth, deny the murder charges
Kenneth Cummins

AN ELDERLY man was beaten, stabbed with a fork, strangled and had toilet cleaner liquid poured down his throat during a robbery, a murder trial has heard.

Kenneth Cummins (28) and Sabrina Cummins (37), with an address at Ringsend Park, Dublin 4, have both pleaded not guilty to murdering Thomas Horan (63) at Cambridge Court, Ringsend on January 6 last year.

Prosecution counsel Remy Farrell SC read from a statement given by Kenneth Cummins  (right) to Garda Brian Hunt at Irishtown Garda Station on January 8, 2014.

The jury heard that his sister Sabrina (right) said the deceased “looked after or fostered” her and her sister Breda when they were growing up.

The court heard from Mr Cummins’s statement that he and Sabrina went to Mr Horan’s bedsit on the night to rob him of €2,000. Mr Farrell read that Mr Cummins struck the deceased with a stick three or four times.

“She asked me to get a knife. She didn’t use that knife and told me to get a fork which she stuck in his neck three or four times,” read the barrister.

Mr Cummins said the two of them strangled Mr Horan with a belt, the court was told.

“She put it around his neck and she asked me to pull it tighter so I started pulling it. First the stick, then the fork/knife, then the belt, then the spirits. We strangled him for 10-20 minutes and used all our strength,” read the barrister.

Mr Farrell read that Mr Cummins told gardai that Sabrina said she was going to finish the job – so she poisoned him with a bottle of white spirits, toilet cleaner and washing-up liquid.

“She said we have to finish it and asked me to hold his hands tight and poured white spirits down his throat.

“She turned around and said the b*****d still isn’t dead, she then got toilet cleaner liquid and asked me to hold his hands tight when she poured it down his throat.” The court heard that Kenneth Cummins told gardai that Ms Cummins kicked him in the face and banged the deceased’s head on a shelf four times.

“I checked him and he was gone and I picked up a jacket and put it over his head, All we got was €50, we looked everywhere for money,” read the barrister.

The trial continues.

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