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Murder accused tells court: "My intention was just to get the money and go"

Kenneth Cummins
Kenneth Cummins
Sabrina Cummins
Sabrina Cummins

One of two siblings on trial for murder told gardai he was prepared to use violence to rob €2,000 from a 63-year-old man but not kill him.

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

This afternoon Detective Garda Brian Hunt was under cross examination by Mr Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha SC for Kenneth Cummins.

The defence counsel read from several of the statements given by his client to Det Garda Hunt at Irishtown garda station on January 8 and 9 2014.

The court previously heard from Mr Cummins' statement that Sabrina and Kenneth Cummins went to Mr Horan's bedsit on the night to rob him of €2,000.

Yesterday the court heard gardai asked Mr Cummins was he prepared to kill for the €2,000 to which the co-accused replied he was not.

"I wasn't. I wasn't expecting it to go that far just for that €2,000. I was expecting to get it (the money) there and then and just go. She (Sabrina) go her way and I go my way.

I wasn't expecting it to go to that length. My intention was just to get the money and go," replied Mr Cummins.

Gardai then asked Kenneth Cummins was he prepared to use violence to get the money?

"Yes I suppose so," replied Mr Cummins.

"You went back there a second time to do whatever it took to get that money, you weren't leaving without it?" put the gardai to Mr Cummins.

"Exactly yes," replied Mr Cummins.

Gardai then asked Mr Cummins if his "sole intention" of going back to Mr Horan's house a second time was to "rob him of this money"?

Mr Cummins replied it was and that when he could not find the money he became "a bit angry and pissed off."

Gardai put it to Mr Cummins if he gave Mr Horan "a bit of a hiding" did he think he would tell him where the money was?

"Yes" replied Mr Cummins.

The trial continues.