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Monday 24 July 2017

'Monster' who took an 'angel' from her family jailed for life

Vesel Jahiri was also jailed for stabbing the victim’s brother
Vesel Jahiri was also jailed for stabbing the victim’s brother

Murderer Vesel Jahiri "took an angel" from her family when he stabbed to death 25-year-old Anna Finnegan, according to her heartbroken sister.

Lisa Finnegan, who described Jahiri as a "monster", told the Central Criminal Court that her sister was a "loving, kind, selfless soul" and the family would never get over her loss.

Ms Finnegan was delivering a victim impact statement as Jahiri (36) was jailed for life for murdering Anna, who was his ex-partner and the mother of his two children.

He was also given a four-year sentence for stabbing the victim's brother, Karl, in the head and chest in the same attack.

Knife

Mr Finnegan told the court that his sister was a "devoted mother" who had been robbed of the chance to see her children grow up.

Jahiri was not present to hear their victim impact statements. He had earlier asked to be taken out of court because he did not want to listen to the prosecution's summary of the evidence.

When he returned, he was flanked by four prison guards, three of whom were dressed in full riot gear.

As sentence was passed, he stared straight ahead and showed no emotion.

The court had been told how Jahiri had kicked in the front door of Anna's home in Allendale Glen, Clonsilla, in September 2012 and stabbed her to death.

The vicious attack took place just a month after she had sought refuge at a women's shelter because of his abuse.

Jahiri, originally from Kosovo but of no fixed address, had pleaded not guilty to both charges and had legally represented himself after dismissing his lawyers.

During the trial, he had to be removed from court several times for shouting. On one occasion, he had to be wrestled to the ground by prison officers after he punched prosecuting counsel Patrick Marrinan in the face.

The court had been told Jahiri made Anna's life "hell", and that she once wrote that he had beaten her and "almost killed her".

They had been together since she was 16 years old.

A jury found Jahiri guilty by unanimous verdict. It was Jahiri's second trial for the murder, after a jury failed to reach a verdict in 2014.

"Since my sister Anna was murdered in such a savage and terrifying manner, my mind has never recovered," Lisa Finnegan said in her statement yesterday.

"I can and will never be the same person again.

"The events of that night, the terror, the panic, the mayhem, the devastation, the shock, will stay with me until the day I die.

"On that fatal night when my brother Karl was also attacked and assaulted by this monster, I, moments after the attack, was told he would be down for myself and my children.

"As we had now seen this monster for what he was, instant terror entered our lives until he was eventually found.

"The pure terror again while he was on bail, and after he absconded, I barely left my home or left my children's side and sleep was a thing of the past," she continued.

"I couldn't see Anna's babies for fear that we were being watched, which we knew he did on Anna so many times.

"Our lives have mostly been a living hell for the last four-and-a-half years.

"The only possible way we could ever begin to move on and try to be happy again is knowing we are safe for the longest possible time.

"He took an angel that night. A wonderful, loving, kind, selfless soul.

"We will never get over the loss of Anna. I will never get over my sister's life being taken so brutally."

Gruelling

Mr Finnegan said his sister Anna had been his "rock" and it was difficult to imagine that he would never speak to her again.

She had been the peacemaker in the family and always had a kind word, he said.

"It was heartbreaking to think that her children had been robbed of their mammy."

Outside the court, Ms Finnegan said the family was "very relieved" and that the trials had been "gruelling".

"If there are any girls out there that are struggling with this issue, there is always somebody who can help," she said.

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