Man denies murdering partner of 10 years after 'dramatic' decline in relationship

A man has gone on trial accused of murdering Dublin mother of two Anna Finnegan who had been his partner for nearly 10 years.

Vasel Jahiri, who is originally from Kosovo, denies killing the 25-year-old at their former home at Allendale Glen, Clonsilla on September 21, 2012.

He also denies assault causing harm to her brother Karl Finnegan.

The jury heard Anna Finnegan and Vasel Jahiri were together nearly 10 years but about a month before her death their relationship deteriorated quite dramatically.

Opening the trial for the prosecution, Patrick Marrinan said the couple stopped living together and access to their two young children became "much more than a thorny subject" and may even have been central to events on September 21, 2012

He said the jury would hear evidence that at around 8.30pm that evening Vasel Jahiri forced his way into the house and stabbed Anna Finnegan's brother Karl in the head and chest in the course of a row.

It is alleged he bundled the mother of two into his car and brought her to James Connolly Memorial Hospital where she died from a stab wound to the chest.

Following his arrest he denied stabbing his former partner and told gardaí he had stabbed her brother in self defence.

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