Jury asked to leave court after murder accused's outburst
A jury was asked to leave court yesterday after a man accused of murdering his former partner interrupted her brother's testimony by claiming evidence had been tampered with.
Karl Finnegan, the brother of the deceased, was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court in the trial of Vesel Jahiri.
Mr Jahiri (35), originally from Kosovo but of no fixed abode, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Anna Finnegan (26) at Allendale Glen, Clonsilla, Dublin, on September 21, 2012.
He has also pleaded not guilty to assaulting Karl Finnegan, causing him harm, at the same place on the same date.
It is alleged that Mr Jahiri stabbed Ms Finnegan to death after he "battered" down her front door and attacked her and her brother.
Yesterday, the prosecution counsel called Karl Finnegan, who agreed that his sister's relationship with Mr Jahiri had gone through "a rocky patch" in August 2012, with Anna moving to Bray Women's Refuge.
He said he had moved out of his own house temporarily and stayed in Anna's house.
The witness testified that he and his sister were chatting in the kitchen at around 7.30pm on September 21 when they heard a "loud bang".
He said he looked up and saw Mr Jahiri coming in the door. Anna screamed and stood up.
"Vesel came down the hall and he was holding a knife," he said.
Mr Finnegan said he picked up a chair to "keep a bit of distance" between them, but the chair was "taken off" him.
As the witness was giving evidence, Mr Jahiri stood up and said in front of the jury: "How did I take the chair off you if I had a knife in my hand?
"I want to represent myself now, sorry jurors I will prove it to you, I am being illegally held here. They tampered with the book of evidence and wiped the fingerprints off the knife."
Mr Justice Paul Coffey then asked the jury to leave the courtroom.
After a break of around a half-an-hour, the jury was called back to court. The judge thanked the foreman for their patience and said the matter would go back to Monday morning.