Teenager appears in court charged with murder of Cameron Blair; Youth remanded in custody until next court sitting

Teenager appears in court charged with murder of Cameron Blair; Youth remanded in custody until next court sitting

A TEENAGE boy has appeared before a special sitting of Cork District Court charged with the murder of a 20-year-old college student who was stabbed in the neck at a house party in the city earlier this month.

The youth, who can’t be named for legal reasons, appeared in court shortly after 9pm on Friday where he was charged with the murder of Cameron Blair at Bandon Road in Cork city on January 16.

The court heard evidence of the arrest charge and caution.

Detective Garda Rory O’Connell said the youth made no reply when the charge was put to him after caution at Togher Garda Station in the city at 8.15pm on Friday. The youth, who is in his late teens, did not speak during the brief hearing. He was wearing a black puffa jacket and pants.

Judge Olann Kelleher granted free legal aid in the name of Eddie Burke solicitors. Free legal aid was granted because the youth does not work.

Mr Burke asked that his client receive any medical attention that is required whilst in detention.

As the charge is murder an application for bail will be made at a later date in the High Court.

Judge Kelleher remanded the juvenile in custody to Oberstown detention centre until his next court appearance at Cork Children’s Court in Washington Street in the city on January 31.

Members of the youth's family were present in court for the short hearing.

Meanwhile, Cameron Blair will be laid to rest on Sunday. Bandon Rugby Club and Athletics Club are due to form a guard of honour at the funeral of Cameron, a second-year chemical engineering student, in St Peter's Church in the West Cork town. Cameron was a former pupil of Bandon Grammar and Hamilton High School in the town. He was a native of Ballinascarthy and was well known in athletic and rugby circles.

He was studying at Cork Insititute of Technology (CIT) at the time of his death.

Cameron will be laid to rest at Kilbeg Cemetery after 2pm mass on Sunday. He is survived by his parents Noel and Kathy and his brother Alan.

CIT has been hit by two tragedies in recent days. A memorial will be held next Monday for a MSC in Artificial Intelligence student who died in a car crash in his native India last week alongside his wife, two young children and mother in law.

Muthamil Selvan Palanivel (35) was involved in a fatal car crash in Ulundurpet. The accident also claimed the life of his wife Nisha, his children Siddarth (7) and one year old Vaishnavi and his mother in law Mallika.

CIT Students’ Union President Aaron Buckley says there is counselling available to anyone who is affected by these "unthinkable tragedies.”


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