Tributes to Omar, 3, as woman held for questioning

by Emma Nolan
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THE three-year-old boy stabbed to death in Kimmage earlier this week has been named as Omar Omran.

The toddler’s mum, Maha Al-Adheem (42), who suffered stab and slash wounds, underwent emergency surgery following the incident, which gardai are treating as a “personal tragedy”.

The infant was fatally injured with a kitchen knife on Monday evening.

Emergency services rushed to the Riverside Apartment complex in the Poddle Park area of Kimmage in south Dublin at 7pm, but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is understood there were at least four calls made to gardai from the apartment complex because of what locals described as “shouting, banging and screaming”.

The mother, who is a doctor from Iraq, and her son were the only occupants in the apartment at the time. She is continuing to be treated in St James’ Hospital.

Gardai have said they believe that the toddler lay dead at the apartment for more than two hours before they arrived.

A kitchen knife, which investigating gardai believe was used in the attack, has been recovered and is being technically examined by forensic officers.

It is understood that Ms Al-Adheem’s estranged husband, Khalid Omran, was notified of the tragedy yesterday.

Shocked and distraught neighbours left tributes at the scene. One tribute read: “RIP little angel” and another said: “Rest in paradise little man, you got your wings too soon xxx.”

Dublin Live reported that one neighbour, Lorraine Leon, said she was shocked by the incident: “It’s just an awful tragedy. She said he’d be going to play school this September so he was due to go in the coming weeks.”

Lorraine said that little Omar was “a beautiful child” and a “great talker who would chat away”.

Gardai from Sundrive Road and Crumlin are investigating and officers are appealing for witnesses. A spokesman said: “Gardai are appealing for anyone who was in the area of Poddle Park between 5pm on Sunday July 9, and 7pm on Monday July 10, to contact them at Crumlin Garda Station at 01 666 6200.”

At the time of going to press, a Garda statement on Wednesday morning said a woman in her early 40s has been arrested in relation to the death of a three-year-old boy. She is being held at Crumlin Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.


A WOMAN in her early forties has been charged with the murder of three-year-old Omar Omran.

Maha Al-Adheem (42) appeared at Dublin’s District Court on Thursday morning charged with killing her three-year-old son.

The infant was found dead with multiple stab wounds at the Riverside Apartment Complex at Poddle Park in Kimmage on Monday.

In response to the charge, Garda Sergeant Brendan O’Halloran told the court Ms Adheem said: “Yes, it was my knife. Yes, it was my hand. It was not me but the power.”

Ms Adheem was arrested at St James’ Hospital on Wednesday morning where she was being treated for knife wounds.

Detectives remanded her in custody at Crumlin Garda Station for questioning. She has now been remanded in custody to appear before the court again on July 20, and has been granted free legal aid. No bail application has been made.

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