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Monday 23 October 2017

Heartbreaking scenes as Hassan (2) is laid to rest

20/10/14 Dr. Saleem Khan father of Hassan Khan is consoled pictured at the funeral of 2 year old Hassan Khan who was stabbed to death at an apartment in Shankill last week.The funeral took place at Clonskeagh Mosque this afternoon ....Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
20/10/14 Dr. Saleem Khan father of Hassan Khan is consoled pictured at the funeral of 2 year old Hassan Khan who was stabbed to death at an apartment in Shankill last week.The funeral took place at Clonskeagh Mosque this afternoon ....Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
20/10/14 The remains are carried from the Mosque pictured at the funeral of 2 year old Hassan Khan who was stabbed to death at an apartment in Shankill last week.The funeral took place at Clonskeagh Mosque this afternoon ....Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

These are the heartbreaking scenes as the body of little Hassan Khan was taken to the mosque at Clonskeagh in Dublin in a small white coffin.

Hassan (2) died last Thursday in tragic circumstances at his home in Ridge Hall in Ballybrack.

His mother, Hazel Waters (46), appeared in court on Saturday charged with his murder.

Yesterday, his father Saleem Khan was supported by relatives and friends as he stared in disbelief as his son's body was taken from the coffin for burial in the Muslim tradition.

Prayers were said at the mosque while Imam Hussein Halawa stood beside the coffin, a small bunch of simple white flowers adorning it.

Hearse

On a balcony some of Hassan's Irish relatives wept openly during the ceremony before the coffin was carried to a waiting hearse.

At Newcastle cemetery, there were sombre scenes as Saleem was linked by supporters when Hassan's body, wrapped in a white shroud, was taken from the little coffin and laid gently and carefully into his freshly dug grave according to the Muslim tradition and practice.

Once the grave was covered, five simple bunches of white chrysanthemum flowers were placed over the grave.

Muslim cemeteries are characterised by humility and simplicity - elaborate monuments and ornate floral tributes are avoided.

Friends and relatives of the Khan and Waters family gathered for a few moments at the graveside to say some prayers.

Hazel Waters was remanded in custody to appear at the Central Criminal Court tomorrow after she made a brief appearance at a special sitting of Dublin District Court on Saturday.

The body of Hassan was discovered by gardai in a top-floor apartment in the Ridge Hall complex at Shanganagh Road, after the alarm was raised by someone known to the boy, shortly after 2pm last Thursday.

Charged

Ms Waters was formally arrested at 10.30pm Friday night at Dun Laoghaire Garda station and charged with murder at 10.52pm.

She appeared in court dressed in a black suit and a grey top, and sat silently with her head bowed in the dock during the brief three-minute hearing.

The court heard that Waters specifically asked not to be assessed psychiatrically, but the court ruled that it should be considered while she remains on remand.

Ms Waters's solicitor, Padraig O'Donovan, told Judge John Loughran that legal aid had already been granted in the case as Ms Waters was living on a single-parent allowance.

Mr O'Donovan said there was no objection to Ms Waters being held in custody, but he asked that his client receive psychiatric assessment by the authorities, which the judge assented to and remanded her in custody until tomorrow.

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