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Thursday 14 December 2017

Young homicide victims

THE killing of young people in Ireland is rare, but there have been several high profile cases over the last few decades.

They include:

Marioara Rostas (pictured)

The 18-year-old Romanian girl's body was found in Co Wicklow last month. She had been missing since January, 2008. Gardai believe she was abducted and murdered by a Dublin criminal. The garda in charge of the investigation described her death as "incomprehensible in a civilised society". She was said to have suffered appallingly and was brutalised before she was murdered. A number of people have been arrested and questioned about her death but no one has yet been charged with her murder.

Michaela Davis

Jonathan Byrne, who was 18 at the time of the killing, was jailed for life after he pleaded guilty to Michaela's murder and rape. He admitted raping Michaela Davis twice before strangling her at the playing fields on Porterstown Road in Clonsilla. Her parents described her death as "the needless loss of a girl barely beginning life".

Robert Holohan

The disappearance of the 11-year old boy in January, 2005, sparked a massive garda hunt which eventually led to his body being found. His next door neighbour, Wayne O'Donoghue, who was 21 at the time, was acquitted of Robert's murder but sentenced to four years in prison for his manslaughter. Robert's body was found eight days after he went missing in Midleton, Co Cork. O'Donoghue was freed after serving three years of his sentence and apologised to the Holohan family.

Stephen Hughes Connors

The 12-year-old died when the makeshift hut in which he was sleeping was set alight more than 10 years ago. A 52-year-old male was arrested in the last week and later released without charge. The child died in 2001 after the den in which he and a friend were sleeping was set alight. Gardai initially believed the fire started when the two boys knocked over a candle but CCTV footage at the scene revealed an unidentified man approaching the hut after 5am.

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