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Woman accused of murdering son (2) receiving 'ongoing treatment' at mental hospital, court hears


The Central Mental Hospital

The Central Mental Hospital

The Central Mental Hospital

A WOMAN accused of murdering her two-year-old son in south Dublin has been further remanded in custody after a court heard she is receiving “ongoing treatment” at the Central Mental Hospital.

Hazel Waters (46) had the case against her adjourned in her absence when she was unable to come to court again today.

Judge Michael Walsh granted the adjournment with the consent of her lawyer.

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

Today was the third time the case was before Dublin District Court since she was arrested and charged.

Two weeks ago, the court was told she had been transferred to the Central Mental Hospital.

Today,  Judge Michael Walsh was told Ms Waters not present again and was receiving ongoing treatment.

He granted a further adjournment to November 19. There was no objection by Defence Solicitor Padraig O’Donovan.

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.

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