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cruel killing Stab victim Adam Muldoon was a defenceless man who wouldn't harm a fly

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Adam Muldoon

Adam Muldoon

Adam Muldoon

EVERY day of Adam Muldoon's life was a struggle. All he wanted to do was fit in and be accepted, but he faced taunting, mocking and ridicule, and died after being stabbed 183 times in a Tallaght Park.

Born with cerebral palsy, he had been in foster care for a number of years following the death of his mother.

One of five children, his siblings were spread far and wide.

Once his mother died the family were fractured.

When he became an adult, Adam stayed in the Tallaght area where he grew up, but would sleep rough.

It was the local community who supported him: keeping him fed, buying him clothes, offering him shelter when he wanted it, and trying to protect him.

But there were obstacles too. Some young people would take advantage of him and slag him, but Adam would always be polite - trying to be accepted.

Adam knew Philip Dunbar and on the sunny summer evening before he died, he was hanging out with a small group of young people from the area - including his killer.

Most of the group went home some time around 11pm and at 11.50pm, but a camera attached to a house in Glenshane Drive caught Dunbar leading Adam into the park, helping him over a low wall on the way in.

Adam would never be seen alive again.

Twenty-three minutes later Dunbar could be seen back in Glenshane Drive on his own, having cruelly taken innocent Adam's life.

Marian Lawlor, who helped raise Adam, said in the days after his killing how he was frequently the subject of bullying, robbery and practical jokes from other youths.

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"Tallaght wasn't for him. Adam was innocent, and people took advantage of him," she said.

She explained how she and her family started looking after Adam after his mother died.

She said because of his cerebral palsy he couldn't walk properly, yet youths would mug him and shave rude images into the hair on the back of his head where he couldn't see it.

Just a week before he was killed, he got new runners and a tracksuit, but when he came back to Marian later they had been taken off him and swapped for grubby ones.

Locals described Adam as likeable, and someone who wouldn't hurt a fly.

He would have been unable to defend himself in any attack. The cruelty in his killing remains raw. He was defenceless. He was decent.

He was found dead in circumstances that nobody can understand.

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