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Tuesday 23 September 2014

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

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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.

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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.”

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