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Sunday 25 August 2019

Boy (16) remanded in custody charged with killing Azzam in park

Azzam Raguragui
Azzam Raguragui

A teenager has appeared in court charged with murdering a young man who died after he was stabbed in South Dublin.

The 16-year-old youth was arrested and brought before Dublin Children's Court yesterday charged over the fatal stabbing of Azzam Raguragui (18) in Dundrum earlier this month.

Judge Brendan Toale remanded the teenager in custody and adjourned the case for a week.

The accused, who cannot be named due to his age, is charged with murdering Azzam in Finsbury Park, Dundrum, on May 10.

Detective Sergeant John White told the court that he arrested the defendant in the presence of his father at Dundrum Garda Station at 11.23am on Tuesday.

He was detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act before being charged at 12.14pm yesterday.

The boy made no reply after caution and was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

No bail application was made on his behalf as bail can be granted only at High Court level on a murder charge.

Judge Toale said he had "no jurisdiction in relation to bail".

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said he could not object to the prosecution application for a one-week remand in custody.

He applied for free legal aid on the accused's behalf, submitting a statement of the boy's father's financial means.

Bed

The court heard that there was a bed available at the Oberstown Detention Centre and Judge Toale ordered a one-week remand in custody.

The accused, wearing a grey and cream-coloured tracksuit and navy baseball cap, was not required to address the court during the short hearing.

His father accompanied him and they spoke briefly together before the boy was led out of court.

He will appear in the Children's Court again on June 5.

Azzam was in Finsbury Park just after 8pm when he was stabbed.

He was treated at the scene by emergency services and taken to St James's Hospital but pronounced dead a short time later.

Hundreds of people attended a funeral service for Azzam at Clonskeagh Mosque in Dublin on May 17.

He had been a student at De La Salle College, in Churchtown, and Ballinteer Community School and was due to sit his Leaving Certificate next month.

His father Abdurrahman and mother Hajoba are originally from Morocco and came to Ireland in the late 1990s.

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