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Teen charged with murder of Lorcan O'Reilly bailed

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Lorcan O’Reilly
Lorcan O’Reilly

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy charged with the murder of a young Dublin man who died following a fatal Halloween stabbing has been granted bail.

Lorcan O'Reilly (21), from Robert Emmet Close in south inner city Dublin, was stabbed in the nearby Oliver Bond flat complex in the early hours of November 1 last year. 

The incident happened at approximately 2.30am when he had been at Halloween festivities with friends. 

He sustained a single stab wound to the heart and was rushed to St James's Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later. 

Detectives arrested the 15-year-old boy on Thursday morning last week and detained him at a Dublin Garda Station. The teenager, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was held overnight and brought to appear before Judge William Hamill at the Dublin Children's Court on Friday morning.

The boy, who is from south Dublin,  was charged with the murder of Lorcan O'Reilly on November 1st at Oliver Bond flats, contrary to common law.  He was aged 14 at the time of Mr O'Reilly's death.

Det Sergeant Adrian Whitelaw had said the boy “had nothing to say” after he was charged.

Due to the nature of the charge the juvenile court did not have the power to grant bail and the boy was remanded in custody to the Trinity House detention in north Co. Dublin.

The teenager made an application to get released at the High Court sitting in Cloverhill today and was granted bail. 

He is due to appear again at the juvenile court on Friday.

At his first hearing last Friday, he was accompanied by his mother and granny. However, Judge William Hamill said “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 had said he would contact the teen's father about attending when the case resumes on April 8th next.

Legal aid was granted after the juvenile court heard that neither of the boy's parents was employed and they were not in a position to fund their defence. 

The teenage defendant's identity cannot be revealed because he is aged under 18, a minor who has a right to anonymity. 

The restrictions on reports of criminal proceedings concerning juveniles are covered by section 93 of the 2001 Children Act. The legislation states that nothing shall be published or included in a broadcast which reveals the name, address or school of any child concerned in the proceedings or includes any particulars likely to lead to the identification of any child concerned in the proceedings.

A book of evidence will have to be prepared and to the nature of the charge the teen will be tried in the Central Criminal Court.