Woman accused of murder says she punched and kicked deceased

Sabrina Cummins
Sabrina Cummins

A Dublin woman on trial accused of the murder of a 63-year-old man has admitted punching and kicking the deceased but told a jury that her brother is responsible for his death.

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.

Taking to the stand, Sabrina Cummins continued to give evidence this afternoon (Wednesday) and told the Central Criminal Court jury she had no part to play in a plastic bag and belt used on Mr Horan but she did kick and punch him.

"There was a white clear plastic bag on his face, he (Kenneth) was trying to smother him with it. He (Kenneth) put the belt around Tom's neck and started pulling it. I had no part in the belt or the bag and I didn’t stab Tom with any knife," said Ms Cummins to defence counsel Mr Blaise O'Carroll. 

"Was there any question of you punching Mr Horan?" asked Mr O'Carroll.

"Maybe once," she said. 

"Any question of you kicking Mr Horan?" asked the barrister.

"I kicked him once but it wasn’t hard. I kicked him because I was just angry," said Ms Cummins.

The defence counsel asked his client why did she ring the gardai that night as opposed to leaving and not telling anybody?

"It would be wrong to do that, if I just left Tom there for someone else to find. I called the gardai and did the decent thing, I waited for the gardai," said Ms Cummins.

Mr O'Carroll then put it to his client that the prosecution are saying she "murdered" Mr Horan and what did she have to say to this?

"It’s not true," she said. 

Mr O'Carroll then asked Ms Cummins who was "responsible" for the death of Mr Horan?

"My brother Kenneth," she answered. 

In cross-examination prosecution counsel, Mr Remy Farrell SC, put it to Ms Cummins that she went to Mr Horan's bedsit that night to get money. 

"That is untrue," said Ms Cummins. 

Mr Farrell then said to Ms Cummins it looked like "money was first thing on" her mind when she knocked on his door.

"You tried to screw money out of Tom Horan when he opened the door?" asked Mr Farrell.

"I didn’t," she replied. 

Counsel for the State put it to Ms Cummins that she told Mr Horan she needed to pay the taxi man which was a lie?

"They were lies weren’t they Ms Cummins?" asked the barrister.

"Yes" she replied.

"What was purpose of those lies?" asked Mr Farrell.

"To get money out of him," she replied.

Mr Farrell then put it to Ms Cummins that her brother Kenneth was torturing Mr Horan with the knife.

"You said Kenneth attacked Tom with the knife but you didn’t see any blood, Kenneth was doing something else, torturing him, looking for money?" asked the barrister.

Ms Cummins agreed with this saying: "I wasn’t torturing Tom for any money. I cant stop my brother."

The court heard Mr Horan asked Ms Cummins for his life but she "started attacking him" with her brother because she "lost the head."

"The guy that murdered my sister, I saw his face on Tom," said Ms Cummins.

"I only kicked Tom and punched him, I didn’t do anything else to Tom. There was a belt there and a knife, I had no part in that. When he (Kenneth) goes off on one, he goes off on one," said Ms Cummins.  

The cross examination of Sabrina Cummins continues tomorrow afternoon.