At last the Stupid Gagging Order is Lifted, and Families can Name their Loved ones and Mourn with Dignity?

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Dublin’s slain children remembered as controversial gagging law finally lifted

With the gagging order lifted, today we remember some of the children who have been slain in Dublin

Dublin's slain children
Dublin’s slain children

For the past six months the media has been barred from naming any deceased child that is the victim of crime following a controversial Court of Appeal ruling on the interpretation of the 2001 Children Act last October 29.

The ruling upheld a decision which stated that under proper interpretation, Section 252 of the Children Act actually prevented media outlets and parents from naming deceased kids in public.

This had not been followed for the almost 20 years that the law was in place.

That decision meant that overnight families could no longer name loved ones in the media.

With the gagging order lifted, today we remember some of the children who have been slain in Dublin.

Ana Kriegel

Ana Kriegel (Image: RTE News)

Ana was just 14 when she was beaten to death in a derelict house on the Dublin/Kildare border in May 2018. Two boys, named A and B as they were minors, went on trial for her murder in 2019. Both boys denied the charge of murder.

Boy A also denied a charge of aggravated sexual assault of Ana, who lived in Leixlip, Co Kildare. Both were later convicted.

Boy A, 15, was given a life sentence, which is to be reviewed after 12 years. Boy B – who was convicted only of Ana’s murder – was detained for 15 years, with a review after eight.Smart InvestAn investment of €250 in companies like Amazon could become a second income. Find out howJupiter LaboratoriesThis Daily Method Can Relieve Your Knee Painby TaboolaSponsored Links

Both boys will be detained at a young offenders detention centre until they turn 18 when they will be moved to an adult prison.

Keane Mulready Woods

Keane Mulready-Woods

Keane was 17 when his partial remains were found dumped in a holdall in Coolock, north Dublin in January last year.

Two days later, the tragic teen’s severed head, hands and feet were found in a burning car in Drumcondra, north Dublin.

Just last month, his torso was found on wasteland in his native Drogheda, Co Louth.

Two men are before the courts in relation to his murder. Gerard McKenna (51) of Rathmullen Park in Drogheda has been charged with impeding the apprehension or prosecution of another person. Gerard Cruise (47) of Rathmullen Park in Drogheda is accused of murdering Keane.

Omar Omran

The remains of tragic Omar Omran are carried from the hearse at Newcastle Burial Ground by his father, Khalid Omran, (pictured front wearing suit) after his funeral. (Image: Collins Photo Agency)

Omar, 3, was stabbed to death at his home in Kimmage, south Dublin in July 2017. His mother Maha Al Adheem, 46, was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity. Her 2018 trial heard she told gardai that “a power” had made her go to a drawer and get a knife on the night of the killing.

Hassan Khan

Muhammad Hassan Khan
Muhammad Hassan Khan (Image: Collins Courts)

Hassan, 2, was stabbed to death at his family home in Shankill, south Dublin in October 2014. His mother, Hazel Waters, 51, was later jailed for five years after she admitted his manslaughter.

Michaela Davis

Michaela Davis
Michaela Davis (Image: Handout/PA Wire)

Michaela was just 12 when she was raped and murdered in Clonsilla, west Dublin in August 2010.

Her killer, Jonathan Byrne, raped Michaela twice, before strangling her.

He dumped her body in undergrowth on the banks of the Royal Canal. Byrne, 29, of Lohunda Downs in Clonsilla, west Dublin, is serving life for her murder.138212091369

Melanie McCarthy McNamara

Melanie McCarthy McNamara
Melanie McCarthy McNamara

Melanie, 16, was gunned down as she sat in a car in Tallaght, Dublin in February 2012.

Daniel McDonnell, 26, of Brookview Lawns in Tallaght is serving life for her murder.

Keith Hall, 32, of Kilmartin Drive, Tallaght, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for her manslaughter.

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