Boy, 15, charged with stabbing murder

A 15-year-old boy has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a young Dublin man who died following a fatal Halloween stabbing last year.

Lorcan O’Reilly, aged 21, from Robert Emmet Close in south inner-city Dublin, was stabbed in the nearby Oliver Bond flat complex in the early hours of November 1.

The incident happened at approximately 2.30am when he had been at Halloween festivities with friends.

He sustained a single stab wound to the heart and was rushed to St James’s Hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Detectives arrested the 15-year-old boy on Thursday morning and detained him at a Dublin Garda Station. The teenager, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was held overnight and appeared before Judge William Hamill at Dublin Children’s Court yesterday.

The boy, who is from south Dublin, is charged with the murder of Mr O’Reilly on November 1 at Oliver Bond flats, contrary to common law. He was aged 14 at the time of Mr O’Reilly’s death.

The boy has not yet entered a plea.

Detective Sergeant Adrian Whitelaw told Judge Hamill that at 12.05am yesterday at Kilmainham Garda Station the teenager was charged. The boy was handed a copy of the charge and was cautioned, after which “he had nothing to say”.

The boy was accompanied to court by his mother and his grandmother who hugged him and kissed as he was taken from the courtroom. Both were visibly upset and spoke to him quietly for a few seconds before he was led off to await transfer to the Trinity House detention centre.

The boy will have to apply to the High Court for bail because he faces a murder charge. Judge Hamill said the Children’s Court does not have the power to deal with the bail application. Parents or guardians are legally obliged to attend cases at the Children’s Court. Judge Hamill said “perhaps due to the gravity of the charge, it would be entirely appropriate, in his interest, to have both his parents attend”.

John Quinn, defending, said he would contact the teen’s father about attending when the case resumes on April 8.

An application was made for legal aid and Judge Hamill was told by Mr Quinn that neither of the boy’s parents was employed and they were not in a position to fund their defence.

Det Sgt Whitelaw had no objection and legal aid was granted.

The boy spoke briefly when asked to confirm the name of the solicitor he wanted to represent him.

A book of evidence will have to be prepared on the nature of the charge, and the teen will be tried in the Central Criminal Court.


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