Monday 16 September 2019

Teen (16) accused of murder of Azzam Raguragui (18) in Dublin park, remanded on bail

Victim Azzam Raguragui
Victim Azzam Raguragui

Tom Tuite

A 16-YEAR-OLD accused of the murder of Azzam Raguragui in a stabbing in a south Dublin park has been remanded on continuing bail for a book of evidence to be completed by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Azzam Raguragui, 18, was stabbed at Finsbury Park, Dundrum on May 10 last.

The Dundrum teen, who was due to sit his Leaving Certificate, was treated at the scene by paramedics, before he was rushed to St James’s hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Gardai later charged the teenage boy with the murder of Azzam Raguragui, contrary to common law.

The south Dublin youth, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was remanded in custody to the Oberstown detention centre on May 29 but was granted bail on June 25 last.

He appeared again at the Dublin Children’s Court yesterday/today (wed) when Judge Brendan Toale granted the State another four weeks to complete the book of evidence.

It needs to be served on the teenager before he can be returned for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

Accompanied to court by his mother, he was ordered to appear again at the Children’s Court in four weeks.

Earlier his solicitor Jonathan Dunphy had said, “Obviously we are anxious the matter is progressed, anxious to secure a trial date now he is a juvenile”.

The teen has not yet indicated how he will plead.

At his first hearing, Detective Sergeant White had told the court, “He made no reply to the charge after caution and was given a true copy of the charge sheet in the presence of his father.”

He cannot be publicly identified because he is under 18, a minor. Section 93 of the 2001 Children Act states nothing can be published or broadcast that leads to the identification of juvenile defendant.

A breach of the anonymity rule for juveniles in criminal cases is treated as contempt of court and can result in a fine and a possible jail sentence.

Hundreds attended the funeral service of Azzam Raguragui at Clonskeagh mosque in Dublin on May 17 last. The youth was in De La Salle before attending Ballinteer Community School for fifth and sixth year.

His parents, father Abdurrahman and mother Hajoba, are originally from Morocco and came to Ireland in the late 1990s.

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