Thursday 20 October 2016

Facebook file on tragic Darren now with DPP

Darren Hughes Gibson
Darren Hughes Gibson

The Director of Public Prosecutions is examining a 'substantial file' in relation to the death of a teenager whose mother believes was cyber-bullied before taking his own life.

Darren Hughes Gibson (17) was found hanging at the Stephenstown Industrial Estate in Balbriggan, north country Dublin on August 23, 2012.

The garda file submitted to the DPP contains 2,500 pages of documents obtained from Facebook through mutual assistance between Irish and US authorities.


Det Insp Kieran Holohan of Balbriggan Garda Station told Dublin Coroner's Court that the material obtained from Facebook forms a large part of the material submitted to the DPP as part of the garda file.

At a previous inquest last January, his mother Elaine Hughes called on gardai to bring charges in relation to her son's death.

She said her son had been bullied throughout his life for the colour of his skin and because he wore a hearing aid. Coroner Dr Brian Farrell adjourned the inquest until August 16 for further mention.

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