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Sunday 17 December 2017

Hassan (2) had neck wounds, inquest is told

Hassan Khan (2) who was murdered
Hassan Khan (2) who was murdered

Two-year-old Hassan Khan died as a result of "multiple penetrating wounds" to his neck, Dublin Coroner's Court has heard.

The toddler was found dead in the bedroom of his home at the Ridge Hall apartments in Ballybrack, south county Dublin, on October 16 last year.

His mother, Hazel Waters (46), of the same address, is currently before the courts accused of murdering Hassan at an unknown time between October 15 and 16. The book of evidence is being prepared.

At the opening of Hassan's inquest at Dublin Coroner's Court, Inspector Tom O'Sullivan of Dun Laoghaire Garda Station confirmed that charges have been laid in the matter.

He requested an indefinite adjournment of the inquest until the criminal trial is completed. Hassan's father Saleem Khan was in court to give evidence. He told the coroner he identified the body of his son to Garda Padraig Nagle at Tallaght Hospital on the evening of October 17.

Garda Nagle told the inquest he accompanied Mr Khan to the hospital for the purposes of identification. Speaking from the body of the court, Mr Khan said his son was two years and nine months old when he died.

The post-mortem was carried out at Tallaght Hospital by deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell told the family that he has a full report, but would only be giving the cause of death.

He warned them that it would be "quite upsetting", however Mr Khan, who was supported in court by his niece, declined his offer to leave while the cause of death was given.

Dr Farrell said that Dr Curtis has given the cause of death as "multiple penetrating wounds to the neck".

He offered sympathies to Mr Khan on behalf of the community.

The inquest was adjourned sine die - or without a day - until the criminal trial is completed.

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