Wednesday 28 September 2016

Mother weeps uncontrollably as son (15) charged with murder of Lorcan O'Reilly

Tom Tuite

Published 01/04/2016 | 11:55

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.

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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 year.

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 to appear before Judge William Hamill at the Dublin Children's Court this morning.

The boy, who is 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.

Murdered man Lorcan O’Reilly (21)
Murdered man Lorcan O’Reilly (21)

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 down to listen as Detective Sergeant Adrian Whitelaw gave evidence.

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

Det Sgt Whitelaw told Judge Hamill that at 12.05am on Friday at Kilmainham Garda station the teenager was charged. The boy was handed a copy of the charge sheet and was cautioned after which “he had nothing to say”, he said.

Det Sgt Whitelaw, who is attached to Kevin St station, told the court that he was asking for a one week remand in custody. Judge Hamill noted there was a space available to hold the boy at the Trinity House detention in north Co Dublin and remanded him to the facility to appear again at the Children's Court next Friday.

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.

Bail

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 did 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”.

Defence solicitor John Quinn said he would contact the teen's father about attending when the case resumes on April 8th next.

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 he was asked to confirm the name of the solicitor he wanted to represent him. Sitting on the defendant's bench he pointed to Mr Quinn and quietly whispered “John”.

His mother remained at the courthouse for some time after the proceedings concluded, weeping uncontrollably.

In the weeks immediately after Lorcan O'Reilly's death, nine people were arrested and detained for questioning.

The teenage defendant's identity cannot be revealed because he is aged under 18, a minor who has a right to anonymity.

The restrictions on reports of criminal proceedings concerning juveniles are covered by section 93 of the 2001 Children Act. The legislation states that nothing 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.

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

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