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Monday 5 December 2016

Prison pair in bail plea for funeral of mother

Sabrina Cummins
Sabrina Cummins
Kenneth Cummins

A BROTHER and sister accused of the murder of a 63-year-old Dublin man were yesterday refused compassionate bail to attend their mother's funeral.

The application was made on behalf of Sabrina and Kenneth Cummins (right), of Ringsend Park, Dublin 4.

They are accused of murdering Thomas Horan at his home in Cambridge Court, Ringsend, in January last year.

Mr Horan was found dead in his apartment in a sheltered accommodation for senior citizens.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt was told yesterday during a High Court holiday sitting that Sabrina and Kenneth Cummins were extremely anxious to attend their mother's removal and funeral.

Barrister Eoghan Cole told Judge Hunt that the DPP objected to the Cummins' bail applications.

The court heard they have been in custody for more than a year and are due to face trial next October.

Mr Justice Hunt, who imposed partial reporting restrictions on the application, refused bail after giving consideration to the matter.

However, the court heard that an arrangement between the Prison Service and Sabrina Cummins had been found that would allow her to spend some time at a funeral home.

The court also heard that the Prison Service was not in a position to escort Kenneth Cummins to the funeral home.

Mr Cummins' legal team are expected to bring an application for judicial review today, aimed at allowing him to attend his mother's funeral.

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