Teen charged with murder of Azzam Raguragui earlier this month

by Gary Ibbotson

A 16-year-old boy who has been charged with the murder of Azzam Raguragui has appeared in front of the Dublin Juvenile District Court.

The 18-year-old was stabbed at Finsbury Park, Dundrum on May 10.

He was treated at the scene before being rushed to St James’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The accused, who was accompanied by his father and solicitor Jonathan Dunphy, appeared before Judge Brendan Toale at Dublin Children’s Court on Wednesday, May 29, according to Tom Tuite of The Irish Times.

Detective Sergeant John White told Judge Toale the teen was arrested at 11:23am on Tuesday at Dundrum Garda station and charged at 12:14pm.

“He made no reply to the charge after caution and was given a true copy of the charge sheet in the presence of his father,” Det Sgt White said.

Judge Toale was supplied with a statement of the means from the boy’s father and legal aid was granted. Due to the nature of the charge, the boy will have to apply for bail in the High Court.

The boy will appear again at the Children’s Court on June 5 and Mr Dunphy consented to a State application for him to be remanded in custody until then.

There was a bed available for the boy at the Oberstown Detention Centre, the court heard. Judge Toale ordered a one-week remand in custody.

Hundreds of people attended a funeral service for Raguragui at Clonskeagh Mosque in Dublin on May 17. He was a pupil at attending Ballinteer Community School and was due to sit his Leaving Certificate next month.

His parents, father Abdurrahman and mother Hajoba, are originally from Morocco and came to Ireland in the late 1990s.

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