A court has heard a woman was asking for help on the evening she was allegedly murdered in Clonsilla.
35 year old Vesel Jahiri of Louth Village in Dundalk denies murdering his ex-partner Anna Finnegan four and half years ago.
It’s the Prosecution’s case that he stabbed the mum of his two children after their 10 year relationship went sour.
Joan Broe said she was out walking her dog in Allendale Glen in Clonsilla on the evening of the 21st September2012 when she saw Anna Finnegan asking for help - saying her brother had been stabbed.
Ms Broe said she than saw Anna run as fast as she could before her former partner Vesil Jahiri jumped on top of her, swung his arm around her neck and brought her to the ground.
She also said the accused punched her up to four times but the jury was told there was no bruising to this affect in the post mortem.
Ms Broe said she went into a neighbour’s house and banged on the door for help.
The next morning she wrote down what she had witnessed when she heard Anna Finnegan had passed away.
Ms Broe became emotional in the witness box when this note was read back to her - it said she had only locked eyes with Anna for a brief moment but she wished she had done more to help her.
She said she kept asking herself what she could have done to keep her alive.
Ms Broe had also written ‘‘she asked me to help her but I couldn’t and I’m so sorry.’’