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(Pictured: Mr Vesel Jahiri. Credit: Collins)

DNA matching that of Anna Finnegan was found on a blood-stained knife that her former partner and the man accused of her murder brought to a garda station, a jury has heard.

Dr Hilary Clarke, from Forensic Science Ireland, today gave evidence in the trial of Vesel Jahiri at the Central Criminal Court.

The court previously heard that Mr Jahiri voluntarily presented himself at Cabra Garda Station on the night after the alleged attack, removed this black-handled kitchen knife from the pocket of his jacket and placed it on a table.

Mr Jahiri (35), originally from Kosovo ….read more

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Garda investigation file into rape complaint missing for second time, court told

High Court

An original Garda investigation file into complaints of rape made by a woman more than 25 years ago has gone missing for the second time, the High Court has heard.

The material relates to a woman who is suing the Minister for Justice, Ireland, the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Garda Commissioner for damages for an alleged failure to properly pursue a prosecution following her complaint.

The woman’s alleged rapist won his appeal against a 1998 conviction for rape and incest some years ago and later won a High Court order halting a re-trial on grounds of ….read more

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Witness describes strangled widow as “lovely person”

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: John Joseph Malone. Credit: Collins)

The nephew of a widowed pensioner found strangled in her home 30 years ago has said he was ‘flabbergasted’ to hear a question about her use of a money lender.

Desmond Murphy was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court yesterday (Thursday) in the cold-case trial of a 53-year-old man accused of her murder.

John Joseph Malone is charged with murdering 69-year-old Ann ‘Nancy’ Smyth on 11th September 1987 at her home on Wolfe Tone Street in Kilkenny City.

Mr Malone of Newpark in Kilkenny City has pleaded not (NOT) guilty.

Mr Murphy, who identified Mrs Smyth’s remains to ….read more

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“Brazen, hard-nosed liar” serving life for murder has appeal dismissed

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Sabrina Cummins. Credit: Collins)

A woman jailed for life for murder, who was described as a “brazen, hard-nosed liar” by a judge, has lost an appeal against her conviction.

Sabrina Cummins (37) with an address at Ringsend Park, Dublin 4, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Thomas Horan (63) at Cambridge Court, Ringsend on January 6 2014.

Her brother Kenneth Cummins (29), also with an address at Ringsend Park, had pleaded not guilty to the murder but “dramatically” changed his plea to guilty towards the end of the trial.

Ms Cummins was found guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court ….read more

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Protected witness cleaned up blood, trial hears

Special Criminal Court

A protected witness has told the Special Criminal Court that he cleaned up blood from a kitchen after a man allegedly had his foot nailed to the floor.

The witness, Tom Lillis, has said that he saw the man accused of assaulting and falsely imprisoning 53 year old Dan Quilligan in the house on the day of the alleged assault.

It is the prosecution’s case that three men were involved in a “joint enterprise” during which Mr Quilligan, a resident of Rathkeale, was beaten and his left foot nailed with a nail-gun to the kitchen floor of a house in ….read more

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