Teenagers released by police following ‘cruel’ messages regarding tragic Oscar
Youths voluntarily attended police station and ‘cooperated fully’ with PSNI
Published 11/05/2014 | 19:21
Two teenagers have been questioned and released by police following an investigation into controversial comments made on social media regarding the death of young Oscar Knox.
Portadown Football Club suspended a youth player on Friday after posting “unacceptable” comments on Twitter regarding the death of the brave five year-old, known ‘Wee Oscar’.
One teenager subsequently apologised for his “severe error of judgement” in sending the “cruel” tweet.
Today two youth were interviewed by the PSNI over the incident.
A report is to be prepared for the Public Prosecution Service following their release.
“Police investigating a number of abusive messages posted on social media on Friday 9th May have interviewed two male teenagers,” the PSNI confirmed earlier today.
“They attended a local station voluntarily and fully cooperated with the police. Both have been released pending report to the PPS.”
Little Oscar lost his fight for life on Thursday after a two-and- a-half-year battle with neuroblastoma.
His parents described their beautiful boy as a “little superhero”.
A ceremony to celebrate his life took place today, followed by strictly private cremation.
The teenagers’ club Portadown FC quickly condemned the actions of one of their players in a statement on Saturday.
“Portadown FC wish to offer their sincere apologies to the Knox family following a comment made by a Portadown Youth player today on twitter.”
“This behaviour is totally unacceptable to everyone at Portadown FC as we share the grief & loss of this tragic young boy’s short life.”
The player apologised for his “cruel” comment made under a friends post about Oscar’s death and issued the following statement yesterday:
“First & foremost I would like to apologise to the Knox family & to my parents, friends, family & Portadown FC.”
“I have caused a lot of pain & suffering to the Knox family, my parents & those at Portadown FC. I made a severe error of judgement & understand people's anger.”
“I'll suffer the consequences of my actions & again I'm truly sorry.”