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Sunday 4 December 2016

Murdered man had plastic bag held over his face, court hears

Trial

Sabrina Cummins denies charges
Sabrina Cummins denies charges

A 63-year-old man had a clear plastic bag placed over his head for 20 minutes during a robbery, one of two siblings on trial for murder told gardai.

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 yesterday recalled Det Gda Brian Hunt to the stand and continued reading from a statement given by Mr Kenneth Cummins at Irishtown Garda Station on January 9 2014.

The jury heard in the statement given by Mr Cummins that he and his sister Sabrina had planned to leave Ireland for London to avoid gardai in the days following the attack.

Gardai then asked whose idea it was.

In the statement the court heard that Kenneth Cummins told gardai it was his sister, Sabrina Cummins' idea to go to London on a boat from Dun Laoghaire.

Gardai then put it to Kenneth Cummins that "it was quite clear" both had "planned an escape" but were then arrested.

Mr Farrell also read that Mr Cummins told gardai they used a plastic bag from the house during the attack.

Strangled

The court heard this was used before Mr Horan was strangled with a belt.

"It's a clear plastic bag and was fully ripped open already. The two of us held it over him, I had one side and she had the other when he was on the bed. It was my idea to use it. I found it beside the bed or on it. We had it over his face for twenty minutes," read Mr Farrell.

The barrister then read that Kenneth Cummins told gardai the deceased could not breathe at the time.

"I could see the bag moving in or out. I pulled the bag tight, he was swinging his arms. My sister was holding his arms. I was putting everything into it," read counsel for the State.

The trial continues.

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