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25/09/2021

Woman found guilty of murdering Mullingar man

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A Dublin woman has been found guilty of murdering Mullingar native Thomas Horan. 37 year old Sabrina Cummins with an address at Ringsend Park, Dublin 4, pleaded not guilty to murdering the 63 year old at Cambridge Court, Ringsend on January 6th last year. The jury reached a unanimous guilty verdict after over five hours of deliberations at the Central Criminal Court. The prosecution described it as a "protracted torturing and killing". Mr Justice Tony Hunt thanked the twelve members of the jury for their work and the attention they had put into the case. Sabrina Cummins held back tears when the jurors sealed her fate just after 3 o’clock before storming out of the courtroom and back towards the holding cells as Mr. Justice Tony Hunt addressed them for a final time. Thomas Horan suffered a “horrific death”, he said. He was repeatedly hit in the head and 14 of his ribs were broken. He died from asphyxia due to neck and chest injuries, and the court heard there was an attempt to poison him with toilet cleaner, white spirits and washing up liquid. Sabrina and her brother Kenneth, of the same address, both blamed the other for the 63-year-old’s death, but Kenneth changed his plea to guilty last week. His older sister also became a convicted murderer after five hours and 12 minutes of deliberations. She could be heard crying in the background as Mr. Justice Hunt told the jury he, “thoroughly agreed with their verdict”. The siblings will be handed life sentences when they’re brought back to court on Friday.

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