Siblings accused of killing to cover theft

A brother and sister murdered an elderly man in an attempt to cover up a robbery, the Central Criminal Court in Dublin has heard.

Kenneth Cummins, aged 28, and Sabrina Cummins, aged 37, with an address at Ringsend Park, Dublin 4, have both pleaded not guilty of murdering Thomas Horan, aged 63, at Cambridge Court, Ringsend, on January 6 last year.

Opening the trial, Remy Farrell, prosecuting, told the jury that both accused called to the victim’s house in the early hours of the morning in question. Their intention was to get money, he said, adding: “They decided to rob him and decided to kill him.”

Mr Farrell said the jury will hear evidence that Mr Horan was “severely beaten” and had a rope placed around his neck, a bag over his head, and there was an “attempt to poison him” with cleaning fluids. “It was done to cover up there was a robbery,” he told the jury.

The court heard evidence from Mary Rose O’Sullivan about a 999 call received on the date of the alleged murder. A woman who called herself Joanna called 999 and told Ms O’Sullivan she had found the body of her friend, the court heard.

Garda Ciaran Sweeney told the court he was dispatched to the area. He said he noticed a couple sitting on the wall outside the Old Presbytery on Cambridge Rd. “They were the only people around,” he said.

A woman he identified in court as the accused, Sabrina Cummins, approached Garda Sweeney. She identified herself as the 999 caller, he said.

Garda Sweeney said Ms Cummins told him she had been on her way home when she saw the victim’s body through the window of his apartment. It was “absolute-ly impossible” to see in the window referred to, Garda Sweeney told the court.

The trial continues.


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