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Boy (16) is charged with stab murder at city flats

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Gardai search the scene where Glen Osborne was injured

Gardai search the scene where Glen Osborne was injured

Gardai search the scene where Glen Osborne was injured

A Dublin teenager has been charged with murdering a young man in a stabbing incident at a flats complex in the north inner city.

The 16-year-old was remanded in custody after he appeared in court accused of killing Glen Osborne (20), who was fatally injured and died on Wednesday.

Judge Brendan Toale adjourned the case for a week, for the directions of the DPP.

The accused, who cannot be named, is charged with murdering Mr Osborne at Ballybough House, Poplar Row on April 15.

He was charged at a special evening sitting of Dublin Children's Court yesterday. The teenager was escorted into court from the custody area by his mother, who sat near him.

Arrest

The accused, dressed in a grey top and black bottoms, sat behind a glass screen that has been installed as part of court safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic.

The boy's grandparents and aunt were also permitted to attend the hearing, at the request of his solicitor Brian Keenan.

Detective Sergeant Kenneth Hoare gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution, saying the accused made "no reply at all" when the charge was put to him at Mountjoy Garda Station.

He was handed a copy of the charge sheet, Det Sgt Hoare told the court.

Judge Toale asked if a responsible adult was present and Mr Keenan confirmed that the accused's mother was in court.

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A tent covers the area

A tent covers the area

A tent covers the area

No bail application was made on the boy's behalf as bail can only be granted in the High Court on a murder charge.

Asked to assign free legal aid, the judge agreed given the nature of the charge. Mr Keenan said there was consent to a one-week remand in custody.

He said he had "significant concerns" for his client's mental health which was heightened because he was a child facing a murder charge.

He asked the judge to make a recommendation to Oberstown detention centre that a mental health assessment is carried out.

This would "assist everybody moving forward with this case", Mr Keenan said.

Judge Toale said he had no difficulty making this recommendation.

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Glen Osborne (20) died in a stabbing incident in Dublin

Glen Osborne (20) died in a stabbing incident in Dublin

Glen Osborne (20) died in a stabbing incident in Dublin

He reminded journalists of the reporting restrictions in the case before remanding the accused in custody to April 24.

The boy looked around at family members but did not address the court.

His mother was tearful as she hugged and kissed him at the end of the proceedings. Other family members also embraced the boy before he was led away.

Witnesses

Mr Osborne (20), from Taaffe's Place in Ballybough, died on Wednesday night after being fatally injured at the Ballybough House flats complex.

He was found at around 10pm with a stab wound to the upper body and was treated by paramedics at the scene, before being rushed to the Mater Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau carried out an examination of the site where Mr Osborne was found.

A blue tent was used to cover the scene, which is within the complex beside a small football pitch and overlooked by a number of apartments facing onto the Royal Canal.

Searches were also carried out along the Luke Kelly bridge.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses.