#BREAKING – Father and his partner charged over murder of 4-year-old Limerick boy

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The late Mason O’Connell Conway

A FOUR-year old boy’s father and his partner have been charged in connection with his murder in Limerick last year.

Mason O’Connell Conway was found with serious injuries at a house in Rathbane, Limerick City, on March 13th, 2021.

He died three days later in hospital in Dublin.

This Friday the boy’s father, John Paul O’Connell (33) and his partner Tegan McGhee, of no fixed abode, were brought before Limerick District Court charged in connection with his alleged murder.

Ms McGhee, who is accused of murdering the boy, made no reply to the charge, Gardai told the court.

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Ms McGhee, late 20s, was also charged with one count of child cruelty.

Gardaí told the court Ms McGhee was arrested at 8pm on Thursday in Newcastle West.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had directed Ms McGhee face a trial on indictment before the Central Criminal Court.

Judge Patricia Harney remanded her in custody to appear before Limerick District Court  by video-link for preparation of the Book of Evidence on October 11.

Mr O’Connell, with an address at Liscreagh, Murroe was charged with assisting an offender, namely Tegan McGhee; one count of child endangerment and two counts of child cruelty.

Gardai said they arrested Mr O’Connell at 8.25pm Thursday, October 6, at his home address in Murroe and brought him to Roxboro Road Garda Station for questioning.

He made no reply after he was cautioned and charged.

Gardaí consented to bail for Mr O’Connell, on a number of strict conditions.

As part of his bail conditions he must not commit any offences, he must reside at Liscreagh, Murroe, he must notify Gardaí if he intends changing his address, and he must sign on at Roxboro Road Garda Station between 9am-9pm daily.

Mr O’Connell, who was represented by solicitor Sarah Ryan, must also obey a nightly curfew between 11pm and 7am, and he must be available to Gardaí at all times.

Judge Harney said if Mr O’Connell failed to answer his phone to gardai he would be in breach of his bail conditions and would be taken into custody.

He was also ordered to surrender his passport and not apply for any travel documents.

Gardaí said the DPP had directed that Mr O’Connell face a trial on indictment before the Central Criminal Court.

Judge Harney remanded him on bail, on his own bond of €100, to November 3, for service of the State’s Book of Evidence.

The dead boy’s mother Elizabeth Conway broke down several times in court as she listened to the court proceedings.

Ms Conway was supported by several friends and family members and she held a photograph of her dead son close to her chest throughout the hearing.