Brookfield, Tallaght: Gardai Make Fresh Appeal Over Arson Attack That Killed Boy (12) : UPDATED

31 Aug

NEWS UPDATE:

THE mother of a 12-year-old boy who died in a suspected arson attack has made a heartfelt plea for fresh evidence on the 10th anniversary of his death.

Stephen Hughes Connors was camping in a makeshift hut with a pal in Tallaght, Co Dublin, on September 1, 2001, when they were engulfed by flames.

Liz Hughes said she remains devastated by her son’s death 10 years on.

“I’m pleading with anyone who knows what happened that night to contact the guards.”

(Editor’s note: To the person/persons who have detailed information regarding this terrible crime, committed against a harmless and defenceless 12-year-old child by a cowardly psychopath, HAVE THE DECENCY – THE BALLS – now to come forward and contact the Gardai).
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A fresh appeal has been made for information relating to a fatal fire in Tallaght ten years ago.

The tenth anniversary of the death of Stephen Connors is tomorrow

The tenth anniversary of the death of Stephen Connors is tomorrow

A fresh appeal has been made for information relating to a fatal fire in Tallaght, Dublin 24, ten years ago.

Gardaí have issued a fresh appeal on the eve of the death of Stephen Hughes Connors on 1 September 2001.

Stephen was 12 when he was killed in the fire at Rossfield Avenue, Brookfield.

The deceased and a 14-year-old male friend were sleeping in a makeshift hut made predominately of pallets, doors and carpet when it was set ablaze sometime before 5am on the morning in question.

The incident was featured in a ‘Crimeline’ programme in 2003 and re-examined by the Serious Crime Review Team who made an arrest in April 2006.

The 51-year-old suspect was not prosecuted after a file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Liz Hughes, mother of Stephen, has pleaded to anyone with information to come forward.

She said it would be a comfort to “know what happened to Stephen – even after all these years.”

Superintendent Eamon Dolan said he is “confident that there are people out there who know what happened that night or who may have been confided in afterwards”.

They are asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01-6666000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666111 or any garda station. www.garda.ie

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