Wednesday 23 August 2017

'It wasn't me, it was the power' - Woman charged with murder of son (3)

Doctor charged with murdering her three year old son

Maha Al-Adheem, mother of stab victim Omar Omran
Maha Al-Adheem, mother of stab victim Omar Omran
Gardai at the scene in Kimmage. Photo: Collins

Andrew Phelan

A doctor has been charged with murdering her three year old son, who was found stabbed to death at their Dublin home.

Maha Al-Adheem (42) told gardai after her arrest: “yes, it was my knife, yes, it was my hand, it wasn’t me, it was the power.”

Ms Al-Adheem appeared in Dublin District Court this morning charged after the death of her son Omar Omran, whose body was found with multiple stab wounds in their apartment in Kimmage on Monday.

Judge Michael Walsh remanded her in custody for a week.

Gardai at the scene in Kimmage. Photo: Collins
Gardai at the scene in Kimmage. Photo: Collins

No bail application was made as bail in murder cases can only be granted at the High Court.

Ms Al-Adheem, a qualified GP from Iraq, is charged with murdering Omar Omran at their home at Riverside Apartments, Poddle Park, Kimmage on July 10.

A message on flowers at the Riverside apartment complex, Kimmage where Omar's body was discovered. Photo: Collins
A message on flowers at the Riverside apartment complex, Kimmage where Omar's body was discovered. Photo: Collins

She had been arrested yesterday and was detained at Crumlin Garda Station before being brought before the court this morning.

This morning, Detective Sergeant Brendan O’Halloran of Sundrive Road Station said he arrested the accused at 12.40am for the offence of murder, contrary to Common Law.

She made no reply to the caution after arrest, he said.

The accused was subsequently charged in his presence by another garda sergeant.

“In reply to the charge she said ‘Yes it was my knife, yes it was my hand. It wasn’t me, it was the power,’” Det Sgt O’Halloran told the court.

He said she was then handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Defence solicitor Richard Young consented to the one-week adjournment.

He applied for free legal aid, handing a statement of the defendant’s financial means in to court. Judge Walsh granted legal aid after hearing the accused's total income was “as stated” and there was no garda objection.

Ms Al-Adheem was remanded in custody, to appear in court again on July 20.

Wearing a purple sweater, blue jeans and glasses, she nodded when the brief proceedings ended but did not address the court.

Gardai found the child in the apartment on Monday evening with multiple stab wounds to his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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