Cork teenager who murdered Cameron Blair appeals life sentence

Cork teenager who murdered Cameron Blair appeals life sentence
Cameron Blair. Pic: Gerard McCarthy 

THE teenage murderer of Cameron Blair is appealing the life sentence imposed for the January stabbing in Cork city.

The teenager, who turns 18 years old later this month and who pleaded guilty to the murder, was sentenced to life in prison on April 20 for the killing of the Ballinascarthy native on Bandon Road on January 16.

Two days later, he lodged an application with the Courts Service for leave to appeal the severity of the sentence.

He is currently being detained at Oberstown Children Detention Campus but will be transferred to an adult prison when he turns 18 years.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott passed down a life sentence on the teenager, with a review scheduled for November 2032.

A spokesperson for the Courts Service said: "An appeal against the sentence was lodged on April 22."

The funeral of Cameron Blair St Mary’s Church, BandonPic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
The funeral of Cameron Blair St Mary’s Church, BandonPic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

He said no dates have been set for hearing of the case.

At the sentencing hearing, Mr Justice McDermott said the life of CIT student Cameron Blair was taken in "an act of extreme violence that was clearly deliberate and unanticipated by him".

The sentence was passed after the judge considered the case for two weeks. At a hearing on April 6, he told the Central Criminal Court that where a juvenile is convicted of murder, they do not attract a mandatory life sentence, as is the case with adults.

He said the appropriate sentence would have to be considered under the Children's Act 1908.

The Central Criminal Court had heard that just moments after being stabbed outside a house party on Bandon Road, 20-year-old Cameron said: "Don't worry lads, I don't want to be fighting". He had acted as a peacemaker, the court was told.

His murderer wrote a letter of apology to the Blair family, saying:

"Cameron was nothing but nice to me on the night and did nothing wrong to me. It was never ever my intention for any of this to happen."

In a victim impact statement, Cameron's mother Kathy said the death of her son was something she would never come to terms with.

She added: "My heart aches everyday for the loss of my son. The loneliness can sometimes be overwhelming. Often when I am alone in the house I scream at the injustice of this. How could someone so cruelly take the life of our beautiful boy?"

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