Former Louth Village resident sentenced to life in prison for murdering his former partner
A 36-year-old man who used to live in Louth Village has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his former partner almost five years ago.
Vesel Jahiri, who is originally from Kosovo, stabbed 25-year-old Anna Finnegan to death in 2012.
He was also found guilty of stabbing her brother, Karl.
The court heard Ms Finnegan met Jahiri when she was 15-years-old and was subjected to physical and emotional violence from him during their ten-year relationship.
Their relationship deteriorated in August 2012.
Ms Finnegan went to a women’s refuge with their two children where her safety was assessed as being at very high risk.
A safety plan was put in place where she was to be with family or friends at all times.
On 21 September 2012, the court heard Jahiri threatened to kill her during a phone call.
Later she was drinking tea with her brother Karl in the kitchen of her home, when Jahiri broke down the door and came towards them with a knife. Ms Finnegan and her brother were both stabbed.
Jahiri put her into her car and drove her to hospital, where she told a security man that Jahiri had stabbed her. She died shortly afterwards.
On the way home from the hospital, Jahiri threatened Ms Finnegan’s sister.
During the trial Jahiri punched prosecuting counsel Patrick Marrinan in the head as the case was coming to an end.
He was accompanied in court today by three prison officers in riot gear and interrupted the sentencing hearing to deny that he had a knife.
He asked to be removed from court while the evidence was being summarised.
Mr Justice Paul Coffey sentenced Jahiri to life in prison for murder and to a concurrent sentence of four years for the assault on Karl Finnegan.
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Pictured above: Anna and Vesel in happier times