Sunday 20 January 2019

Father drove ex-partner to hospital after fatally stabbing her, court told

Mr Jahiri attacked Anna Finnegan and her brother Karl in her home, the court heard Picture: Collins
Mr Jahiri attacked Anna Finnegan and her brother Karl in her home, the court heard Picture: Collins

A father-of-two stabbed the mother of his children to death after he "battered" down her front door and attacked her and her brother in the kitchen, it has been alleged.

Vesel Jahiri (35) fatally injured his ex-partner Anna Finnegan (25) at her home in west Dublin after their 10-year relationship turned sour, a prosecution lawyer said.

Patrick Marrinan told the Central Criminal Court that, while Mr Jahiri immediately drove Ms Finnegan to hospital after she collapsed on the street outside, that did not "absolve him from responsibility for causing her death".

The accused, a mechanic, of Louth Village, Dundalk, denies murdering Ms Finnegan at her home at Allendale Glen, Clonsilla, Co Dublin, on September 21, 2012. He also denies assaulting her brother, Karl Finnegan.


Mr Marrinan told the jury the accused was from Kosovo but had lived in Ireland since 1999 and was an Irish citizen.

His long relationship with Ms Finnegan had turned sour, they separated and Ms Finnegan had a protection order.

Mr Jahiri was concerned about access to his children.

A plan was put in place whereby Mr Finnegan would be with his sister in the evenings. During the day, she would have access to other members of her family, the jury heard.

On the morning of September 21, Ms Finnegan went to the Wellman Centre with her children and the accused, Mr Marrinan said.

Later, Ms Finnegan went home and was sitting in the kitchen with her brother when the door was allegedly "battered in" and the accused came in "armed with a knife and immediately went to Karl Finnegan".

It would be alleged the accused attacked Mr Finnegan, who was "struck twice with a knife, once causing a fracture to the orbit of his eye and a stab wound to his chest area".

Mr Finnegan felt faint and may have fallen unconscious but he was aware that Ms Finnegan fled outside and the accused had gone out after her.

Mr Finnegan would say he followed them eventually. There would be nobody in the case who could say they saw the accused stab Ms Finnegan, Mr Marrinan said.

Ms Finnegan ended up collapsing in the driveway. The accused put her into the back of his car and drove to Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown.

"It is the prosecution's case that the accused man, having stabbed Anna Finnegan, immediately regretted it and brought her to the hospital," Mr Marrinan said.

"That doesn't exonerate him, it doesn't absolve him of responsibility for what the prosecution say is causing her death."

The court heard staff came out of the hospital and brought Ms Finnegan inside to treat her and the accused drove off.

The following day, Mr Jahiri handed himself in at Cabra Garda Station, bringing with him a knife he claimed he had taken from Mr Finnegan "when he was acting in self-defence".


Mr Marrinan said the accused's case was that he went to the house to give some money to Ms Finnegan but he was not allowed access and admitted he broke down the door.

"He says he was confronted by Karl Finnegan who had a knife or knives… he managed to take a knife off Karl Finnegan and stabbed Karl Finnegan but only did so in self-defence," Mr Marrinan said.

"He denied that he stabbed and killed Anna Finnegan. He is effectively saying he stabbed Karl Finnegan and did so in self-defence and, in the course of this, Karl Finnegan stabbed his sister or, alternatively, he doesn't know how she received those fatal injuries."

The trial continues.

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