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Saturday 10 December 2016

Witness tells trial he heard woman trying to find wallet at murder scene

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Kenneth Cummins
Kenneth Cummins
Sabrina Cummins

A witness has told the trial of a brother and sister accused of murdering a 63-year-old man that he heard a woman's voice say "Where's the wallet?" in the home of the deceased early on the morning of January 6 last year.

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 the same date.

Detective Garda Ger Mullins told Remy Farrell SC, prosecuting, that two people he believed to be Sabrina Cummins and Kenneth Cummins were present on CCTV being shown to the jury.

Describing footage taken from the front doorway of the Shipwright pub on January 5, known locally as Sally's, Detective Mullins said that a man wearing a white cap was known to him as Kenneth Cummins.

Detective Mullins said that a lady with black hair and a black jacket seen standing in the same area was known to him as Sabrina Cummins, sister of Kenneth Cummins.

He went on to identify what he believed to be both of the accused, walking up Thorncastle Road to where Cambridge Court is located.

At 1.02am he identified a person he believed was Kenneth Cummins carrying a white bag with cans of beer, and walking in the direction of Cambridge Court. Detective Mullins then identified what he believed to be both of the accused outside the home of Tom Horan.

He said he believed it was Kenneth Cummins that could be seen running out of Cambridge Court and hiding behind a car parked outside the Old Presbytery before returning to Cambridge Court.

Later, at 4.40am, he identified people he believed to be the accused at the back door of what he described as a bedsit where Tom Horan lived.

Mr Farrell said: "The person in the baseball cap has opened the door and is leaning in."

Detective Mullins replied: "It appears the female briefly looked in as well, slightly after 4.45am in the morning."

The court heard that a telephone call to the emergency services was made at 4.57am.

On the CCTV footage gardai can be seen arriving at 5am.

Taking to the stand, Mr Desmond Farrell told Garret Baker BL, prosecuting, that he lived next door to Tom Horan for four years, describing his neighbour as a quiet man.

When asked where he was on the morning of January 6, Mr Farrell said he was in bed.

"After midnight, about 20 past, I went out to the toilet. There was a commotion going on next door. I could hear a woman and a man arguing," he said.

shouting

When asked if he recognised the voice of the man, he said: "It was Tommy Horan - there was one male one female."

After going back to sleep, Mr Farrell said he was woken once more after 3am, and said: "I looked out the window and saw two people outside at the main gate. There was shouting and loud noise. I heard: 'where's the wallet?' from the female and then: 'I'll show you where it is'."

The trial continues next week before a jury of seven women and five men and is expected to last three weeks.

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