Tuesday 21 November 2017

Mum admits she killed her son (2) by stabbing

Muhammad Hassan Khan died after being stabbed in the neck
Muhammad Hassan Khan died after being stabbed in the neck

Eoin Reynolds

A Dublin woman has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her two-year-old son.

Hazel Waters (46), of Ridge Hall, Ballybrack, was charged with murdering Muhammad Hassan Khan between October 15 and 16, 2014. The toddler was found dead with stab wounds in the bedroom of their home on October 16.

When asked to plead at a hearing yesterday, Waters responded: "Not guilty to murder, guilty to manslaughter." The plea was accepted by the State.

Defence counsel Brendan Grehan SC said psychiatric reports will be provided by the defence and prosecution before sentencing.

He said there would be issues of "diminished responsibility".

Justice Patrick McCarthy adjourned sentencing until May 23.

Wounds

In early 2015, an inquest into the death of Muhammad Hassan Khan heard that he died as a result of multiple penetrating wounds to his neck.

The toddler was found dead in the bedroom of his home at the Ridge Hall apartments in Ballybrack, south county Dublin, on October 16 last year.

Dublin Coroner's Court adjourned the inquest indefinitely pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

Hassan's father, acupuncturist Mohammed Saleem Khan (61), identified the body of his son for gardaí at Tallaght Hospital on the evening of October 17.

Speaking from the body of the court, Mr Khan said his son was two years and nine months old when he died.

The post-mortem was carried out at Tallaght Hospital by deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell told the family that he had a full report, but would only be giving the cause of death.

He warned them that it would be "quite upsetting".

However, Mr Khan, who was supported in the coroner's court by his niece, declined his offer to leave while the cause of death was given.

The boy was laid to rest following a burial ceremony in the Muslim tradition in Newcastle, Co Dublin, on October 20.

A friend of Dr Khan told the Irish Independent at the time that Mr Khan was "confused and angry".

"He is deeply distraught and is full of questions. He wants to know how and why this could happen," the friend said.

The child's funeral was also attended by members of Hazel Waters' family.

Irish Independent

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