Tuesday 22 October 2019

Two charged over death of boy in HSE care

Tom Tuite

TWO men were charged yesterday with the murder of teenager Daniel McAnaspie, who died after he went missing from state care last year.

The 17-year-old from Dublin had gone missing from his accommodation on February 25, 2010. His body was discovered dumped in a drain in farmland in Rathfeigh in Co Meath on May 13, 2010.

Trevor Noone (23) and Richard Dekker (25), both with addresses at Whitestown Avenue, Mulhuddart, Dublin, were brought before Blanchardstown District Court yesterday, charged with the murder of Daniel at Tolka Valley Park, Blanchardstown, on February 26, 2010.

Detective Garda Patrick MacDonagh told Judge John Lindsay that Mr Noone had been arrested yesterday morning and that he replied "No" when the charge was put to him.


Detective Sergeant Dan Callaghan said he arrested Mr Dekkar at his home at Whitestown Avenue on Thursday night, adding: "He made no response to the charge after caution."

The judge remanded both men in custody to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on December 21.

The men, who were granted legal aid, remained silent during the brief proceedings. They were not required to speak.

Mr Dekker was heckled as he was led from the courtroom.

Daniel's body was found three months after he had gone missing while in state care. A post-mortem found that he had been stabbed to death.

On Thursday, the High Court ruled that Health Service Executive files on Daniel could be released to his family.

His sister Cathriona McAnaspie had argued that some of the HSE reports could explain how Daniel had been cared for before his death.

She had sought access to reports written about her brother by his guardian, who had been appointed by a court when Daniel first went into HSE care in 2005.

Ms McAnaspie said she was seeking the reports because she considered they might reveal that the health authorities had failed in their obligation to take measures to avoid harm coming to children such as Daniel.

She also believed that the reports might reveal that his death could have been avoided, and that they could assist her in getting an inquiry into the circumstances leading to his death.

Irish Independent

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