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Judge says dad of teen charged with murder of Lorcan O'Reilly must attend court

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Lorcan O'Reilly
Lorcan O'Reilly

A judge has said that the father of a 15-year-old boy charged with murder should attend his next court hearing.

The teenager appeared before Dublin Children's Court yesterday charged with the murder of Lorcan O'Reilly (21), of Robert Emmet Close in the south inner-city, last November 1.

Mr O'Reilly, who sustained a single stab wound to the heart, was rushed to St James's Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Detectives arrested the 15-year-old on Thursday and detained him at a Dublin garda station.

The boy, who cannot be named, was held overnight and brought before Judge William Hamill yesterday.

He was accompanied by his mother and grandmother who hugged him as he was taken from the courtroom.

Both were visibly upset and spoke to him quietly for a few seconds before he was led off to await transfer to the Trinity House detention centre.

Parents or guardians are legally obliged to attend cases at the Children's Court.

Judge Hamill said that "perhaps due to the gravity of the charge, it would be entirely appropriate, in his interest, to have both his parents attend".

Defence solicitor John Quinn said he would contact the boy's father about attending when the case resumes next Friday.

An application was made for legal aid and Judge Hamill was told by Mr Quinn that neither of the boy's parents was employed and were not in a position to fund their defence.

Det Sgt Adrian Whitelaw had no objection and legal aid was granted.

The teenager, who showed no emotion during the brief hearing, has not yet entered a plea.

Det Sgt Whitelaw told Judge Hamill that at 12.05am on Friday at Kilmainham Garda Station the boy was charged.

Judge Hamill noted there was a space at Trinity House and remanded him there.

The boy spoke briefly when asked to confirm the name of the solicitor he wanted to represent him.

Via Independent.ie/Herald