#AceNewsReport – Oct.05: A 16-year-old boy stabbed a 20-year-old after he had been called “a rat” by his own father and the victim, the Central Criminal Court heard today: The boy who is now 17 pleaded guilty to the murder of Glen Osbourne at Ballybough House, Ballybough, Dublin, on 15 April this year: The court heard today he was very sorry for what he had done and wrote a letter of apology to the victim’s mother in which he said he would, if he could, give his own life for her son’s:
Unnamed Teen pleads guilty for stabbing a man after being called a ‘rat’, court hears today Monday RTE.ie/
Detective Sergeant Kenneth Moore told the court today that the boy, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, and the victim went to Pearse Street to buy drugs but did not pay for them: The drug dealers then broke the windows in Glen Osbourne’s mother’s home and the 20-year-old blamed the boy for identifying his home to the dealers and “ratting him out “
The court heard that the boy then made a Facebook call to Mrs Osbourne and told her that Glen was “going around” calling him “a rat” and for her to “wait and see what I’m going to do to him”. He was he said going down “to sort all this out ” The boy then took a taxi to Ballybough House on 15 April and brought a knife in a Penney’s bag. Glen Osbourne met him in the stairwell and a fight began which spilled out on to the carpark.
The detective told the court that Glen had the “upper hand” but the boy produced the knife and stabbed him once in the heart before running away. The 20-year-old was later pronounced dead in hospital: The boy presented himself to gardaí a short time later and admitted what he had done.
In her victim impact statement: Rose Osbourne said her only son was a hardworking apprentice carpenter who went to work at 6am in the morning and gave her €100 every week: He had also been a youth leader, an All-Ireland Judo champion and a football player with Bohemians as a child and later with East Wall United: She said she has since had to give up her work of 16 years with the Peter McVerry Trust, her health has deteriorated and, “worse”, she doesn’t even mind: “I died with Glen that day,” she said. “I prayed to God to take me too. I’d gladly go to God.”
Glen’s fiancée Lauren Crea described how happy he had been when she discovered she was pregnant with their child in February: She said she now suffers panic attacks and is on anti-depressants:
” It kills me our son will never see his Dad,” she said. “I’m going to have to be the one to tell him what happened.”
In a handwritten letter of apology to the victim’s mother which was read to the court today, the boy said he wanted to say how sorry he was: “If I could give my life for him I would,” he said, “I hope you forgive me some day.”………He also apologised to Glen Osbourne’s fiancée saying he was “sorry for what happened, hope you and the little fellah are doing well”.
The court also heard that the boy came from a “troubled” family with “complex issues”. Both his parents had been in prison, they had been homeless for a time and he had a difficult childhood: He had no previous convictions and was, his defence counsel said “not a hardened criminal or a tearaway out of control “
Mr Justice Paul McDermott adjourned the case for a report until December…………..
#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Oct.05: 2020:
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