Monday 18 December 2017

'It wasn't me ... it was the power,' says mother of stabbed boy

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

Andrew Phelan

A doctor has been charged with murdering her three-year-old son who was found stabbed to death at their Dublin home.

Maha Al-Adheem (42) told gardaí after her arrest: "It was my knife, it was my hand. It wasn't me, it was the power."

Ms Al-Adheem appeared in Dublin District Court yesterday morning charged after the death of her son Omar Omran, whose body was found with multiple stab wounds in their apartment in Kimmage on Monday.

Judge Michael Walsh remanded her in custody for a week.

No bail application was made as bail in murder cases can only be granted at the High Court.

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

Flowers and teddy bears are left by the gates of the Riverside apartment complex in Kimmage, Dublin, where three-year-old Omar Omran was found dead. Photo: Collins
Flowers and teddy bears are left by the gates of the Riverside apartment complex in Kimmage, Dublin, where three-year-old Omar Omran was found dead. Photo: Collins

She had been arrested on Wednesday and was detained at Crumlin garda station before being brought before the court yesterday.

Det-Sgt Brendan O'Halloran of Sundrive Road Station said he arrested the accused at 12.40am 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.

He said she was then handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Defence solicitor Richard Young consented to the one-week adjournment. He applied for free legal aid, handing into court a statement of the defendant's financial means.

Judge Walsh granted legal aid after hearing the accused's total income was "as stated" and there was no garda objection.

Ms Al-Adheem was remanded in custody to appear in court again on July 20.

Wearing a purple sweater, blue jeans and glasses, she nodded when the brief proceedings ended but did not address the court.

Gardaí found the child in the apartment on Monday evening with multiple stab wounds to his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Irish Independent

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