Tuesday 21 February 2017

Teen admits fatal bonfire stabbing

Peter Doyle

Published 22/11/2016 | 02:30

The court heard the accused left the scene, and returned minutes later, striking Mr O’Reilly in the chest with a knife Stock photo: Getty Images
The court heard the accused left the scene, and returned minutes later, striking Mr O’Reilly in the chest with a knife Stock photo: Getty Images

A teenager stabbed 21-year-old Lorcan O'Reilly to death at a Halloween bonfire after shouting at him "You don't know who my dad is", a court was told.

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The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified due to his age, had originally been charged with Mr O'Reilly's murder. But at an arraignment hearing at the Central Criminal Court, the accused pleaded not guilty to murder and guilty to manslaughter at the Oliver Bond flats, Dublin, on November 1, 2015.

The accused was 14 years old at the time of the killing.

During yesterday's hearing Prosecution counsel Brendan Grehan SC said the accused and deceased had been involved in a slagging match at around 2.40am at an organised Halloween bonfire next to the flats.

The court heard the accused left the scene, and returned minutes later, striking Mr O'Reilly in the chest with a knife. Mr O'Reilly chased him and received a second stab wound, below his right eye.

Mr O'Reilly was taken to St James's Hospital A&E where he later went into a cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at 4.05am. A post-mortem revealed the fatal blow had been a knife wound to the chest.

Sentencing was adjourned until February 6, 2017 and the accused remanded on continuing bail.

Irish Independent

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