A teenager has been remanded in custody with a recommendation he receive a mental health assessment after he was charged with the murder of a young man who was stabbed to death near his home in Dublin.
Father-to-be Glen Osborne, 20, from Taafe Place, Ballybough, D.3, was stabbed in the upper body in a car park outside Ballybough House just before 10pm on Wednesday.
Paramedics treated him at the scene before he was rushed to the Mater Hospital where he died a short time later.
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, from Dublin’s north inner city had been arrested and was detained at Mountjoy Garda station.
He appeared before a special late sitting of the Dublin Children’s Court this evening.
Dressed in a grey top, black tracksuit trousers and runners, his visibly upset mother accompanied him from the custody section into the courtroom.
His grandparents and an aunt were given permission by Judge Brendan Toale to sit in during the proceedings which the general public are not allowed to attend.
His mother sat closest to the boy, who sat silently throughout the hearing, glancing around the court and over to his family during the hearing.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis the courtroom has been partitioned with a glass barrier.
In evidence, Detective Sergeant Kenneth Hoare told Judge Brendan Toale the teenager was arrested at 4.38pm for the purpose of charge today, following directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
“In response to the charge after caution, he had no response, made no reply at all,” Detective Sergeant Hoare said.
The teenager, who was charged in the presence of his mother, was handed a copy of the charge sheet, the court was told.
Judge Toale said given the nature of the charge and the boy’s age he was satisfied to grant legal aid.
The Children’s Court does not have jurisdiction to consider a bail application in a murder case.
Defence solicitor Brian Keenan indicated consent to remand in custody for one week.
He also said he wished to flag to the court that he had “very significant concerns” for the boy’s mental health. This, he said, was “heightened” due to the fact his client was a child, aged 16, facing a murder charge.
He sought a recommendation from the court to the director of the Oberstown juvenile detention centre for a multi-disciplinary assessment of the boy in custody.
Mr Keenan said, “That will assist everyone moving forward with this case.”
Judge Toale said he had no difficulty in recommending the mental health assessment.
The boy was remanded in custody to appear again on April 24 next for formal directions from the DPP.
At the end of the hearing the teen spoke briefly to his distraught family, who hugged and kissed him, before he was escorted from the courtroom to await transfer to the Oberstown detention centre.
He has not yet indicated how he will plead.
Due to the nature of the charge, an application for bail would have to be brought before the High Court.
Section 93 of the Children Act states that no report shall be published or included in a broadcast which reveals the name, address or school of any child concerned in the proceedings or includes any particulars likely to lead to the identification of any child concerned in the proceedings.
The judge said these reporting restrictions applied.
The scene where Mr Osborne was injured, which is overlooked by several flats, was preserved for technical and forensic examination.
Gardai have appealed for witnesses or people with information to come forward. They are particularly interested in speaking to any motorists, taxi drivers in particular, with dash cam footage of the Ballybough area around the time of the incident.
Shortly before he died, Mr Osborne posted ultrasound photos with a message for his unborn son. It read: “I just can’t wait ‘till you’re born, to see you, to get a father and son bond, I’ll be there for you no matter what ..........you’ll be born in the next few months and you’ll never have me out of your life.”