Sunday 28 May 2017

Boy (15) remanded over death of Lorcan

Lorcan O'Reilly
Lorcan O'Reilly

Tom Tuite

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

Lorcan O'Reilly (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 last.

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 brought before Judge William Hamill at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday.

The boy, from south Dublin, is charged with the murder of Lorcan 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.

Dressed in a blue and yellow anorak, a red top, blue bottoms and runners, the teen entered court 55 of the Children's Court and sat listening to Det Sgt Adrian Whitelaw give evidence.

The boy, who showed no emotion during the brief hearing, has not yet entered a plea.

Det Sgt Whitelaw, who is attached to Kevin St station, told Judge Hamill that at 12.05am on Friday at Kilmainham Garda station the teenager was charged. He asked for a one week remand in custody. The boy was accompanied to court by his mother and his grandmother who hugged and kissed as he was taken from courtroom.

The boy will have to apply to the High Court for bail because he faces a murder charge.

Irish Independent

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