Saturday 17 March 2018

Doctor accused of murder of three-year-old son too sick to attend court for a third time

Maha Al-Adheem, mother of stab victim Omar Omran
Maha Al-Adheem, mother of stab victim Omar Omran

Andrew Phelan

A DOCTOR charged with murdering her three year old son at their home has been further remanded in custody after she was too ill to attend court for her latest scheduled appearance.

Maha Al-Adheem (42) had been due to appear in Dublin District Court today but Judge Alan Mitchell adjourned the case in her absence due to illness.

It was the fourth time her case was before the court since she was arrested last month and charged over the death of her son Omar Omran, who was found stabbed to death at their Dublin apartment.

Ms Al-Adheem, a qualified GP from Iraq, is charged with murdering her son at their home at Riverside Apartments, Poddle Park, Kimmage on July 10.

Today, Judge Mitchell was given a note about the accused and asked Detective Sergeant Brendan O’Halloran of Sundrive Road Station if he had seen it.

The garda said he had not so the judge showed it to him.

Defence solicitor Richard Young confirmed that Ms Al Adheem was in custody.

He said there was consent to an adjournment.

Judge Mitchell said he could put the case back for four weeks "on illness grounds."

He remanded the defendant in custody, to appear in court again on September 5.

"It will be a matter for the State to organise for the accused to be brought before the court, unless there are medical reasons," the judge added.

Ms Al Adheem had been present at her first court appearance but absent for the last two.

On the first day she was in court, Det Sgt O’Halloran said he arrested the accused at 12.40am that day for the offence of murder, contrary to Common Law.

She made no reply to the caution after arrest, he said.

The accused was subsequently charged in his presence by another garda sergeant.

“In reply to the charge she said ‘It was my knife, it was my hand. It wasn’t me, it was the power,’” Det Sgt O’Halloran told the court.

Gardai found the child in the apartment with multiple stab wounds to his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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