Sunday 8 December 2019

Hazel Waters weeps in court during appearance over killing of son Hassan (2)

Hazel Waters
Hazel Waters
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

PROSECUTORS have been given more time to prepare their case against a woman accused of murdering her two-year-old son in south Dublin.

Hazel Waters (46) wept in Dublin District Court today, her second court appearance since she was arrested and charged last month with killing her son, Muhammad Hassan Khan.

It was the fourth time the case had been in court but on previous occasions, she was absent, having been transferred to the Central Mental Hospital.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case for a month, for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Ms Waters, with an address at Ridge Hall, Shanganagh Road, Ballybrack is charged with murdering her son at her home on either October 15 or 16 last.

Ms Waters, wearing a black trouser suit, black shawl, pale pink headscarf and brown sandals, cried quietly throughout the brief hearing in Court Number 3 at the Criminal Courts of Justice.

She did not speak but occasionally dried her eyes with a handkerchief.

Sgt Thomas Doran told the court the State was seeking a four-week remand in custody for the preparation of the book of evidence.

Judge Walsh extended the time required for this, with the consent of Defence Solicitor Padraig O'Donovan.

He remanded the defendant in custody, to appear in court again on December 17.

Muhammad Hassan Khan’s body was found in a top-floor apartment in the Ridge Hall complex by gardaí after the alarm was raised by someone known to the boy, shortly after 2pm on October 16.

The toddler had suffered stab wounds to his upper body.

Previously, Detective Sergeant Joe O’Hara told the court Ms Waters was formally arrested at Dun Laoghaire Garda station and charged. She did not say anything in response after caution.

On her first appearance, the court heard that Ms Waters had specifically asked not to be assessed psychiatrically but a judge ruled that it should be considered while she remains on remand.

She subsequently received treatment at the Central Mental Hospital.

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