Tuesday 12 December 2017

Killer of Dublin schoolgirl Michaela (12) admits murder

Michaela Davis pictured in her secondary school uniform

Independent.ie reporters

AN UNCLE of a Dublin schoolgirl murdered last year was removed to a cell today for shouting at her killer when he pleaded guilty at the Dublin Central Criminal Court.

As Jonathan Byrne (19) appeared before Mr Justice Paul Carney, the relative of Michaela Davis (12) was taken out of court by gardai after he shouted obscenities at him.

Byrne, who was 18 at the time of the killing in August last year, was remanded in custody after his guilty plea and will be sentenced next month.

No evidence was heard in the case and Byrne, who faces a mandatory life term, will appear before the court to hear victim impact statements on December 12.

Michaela’s uncle and her family later apologised to the Judge and the prosecution explained that emotions were running high. Judge Carney agreed to forget about the incident.

Byrne of Lohunda Downs, Clonsilla, Co Dublin lived close to Michaela whose family home was in Porterstown, west Dublin.

Her body was found the day after she went missing near the Royal Canal. A post mortem found that she had been attacked, sexually abused and strangled.

As they buried their daughter in early September 2010 the heartbroken mother and father of murdered schoolgirl Michaela told how they were enduring every parent's worst nightmare

They described the 12-year-old's death as "the needless loss of a girl barely beginning life".

And they spoke poignantly of how she had been due to hand in her first secondary school homework.

Her parents, Deirdre and Brendan, said their little girl was a child who was full of life and brought them much joy.

"She was very close to her mam, dad and brother Brendan," they said.

"They were always there for one another. Michaela had started her first day of secondary school on Thursday last. She was given her first homework . . . never to be answered."

Michaela had just started first year at Luttrellstown Community College in Dublin when her life was cut short.

"All Michaela's friends are heartbroken at the moment and cannot get their heads around this tragedy, no more than the rest of the extended family and friends. The awful loss of a young child, the needless loss of a girl barely beginning life.

"This situation is not and never will be about the crime or the perpetrator, it's about Michaela, and the realisation of a parent's worst fear -- to lose a child so full of life," the statement ended.

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