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Thursday 23 November 2017

'It wasn't me, it was the power', said GP charged with murdering son (3)

Maha Al-Adheem leaves court
Maha Al-Adheem leaves court
Tributes to Omar

A doctor has been charged with murdering her three- year-old son, who was found stabbed to death at their Dublin home.

Maha Al-Adheem (42) told gardai after her arrest: "Yes it was my knife, yes it was my hand, it wasn't me, it was the power."

Ms Al-Adheem appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday over the death of her son Omar Omran, whose body was found with multiple stab wounds in their apartment in Kimmage on Monday.

Judge Michael Walsh remanded her in custody. No bail application was made.

Nodded

Ms Al-Adheem, a qualified GP from Iraq, is charged with murdering her son at Riverside Apartments, Poddle Park, Kimmage, on July 10.

Detective Sergeant Brendan O'Halloran, of Sundrive Road Garda Station, said he arrested the accused at 12.40am for the offence of murder, contrary to common law.

She made no reply to the caution after arrest, he told the court.

Ms Al-Adheem was subsequently charged in his presence by another garda sergeant.

"In reply to the charge, she said: 'It was my knife, it was my hand. It wasn't me, it was the power'," Det Sgt O'Halloran added.

He said the accused was then handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Defence solicitor Richard Young consented to a one-week adjournment.

He applied for free legal aid, handing a statement of Ms Al-Adheem's financial means into court.

Judge Walsh granted legal aid after hearing the defendant's total income was "as stated" and there was no garda objection.

Ms Al-Adheem was remanded in custody to appear in court again on July 20.

Wearing a purple sweater, blue jeans and glasses, she nodded when the brief proceedings ended but did not address the court.

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