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Teenager arrested after allegedly killing woman in Offaly

Gardaí said footage of the incident was circulating on social media. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A teenage boy has been arrested after allegedly killing a woman in a violent incident and live-streaming the aftermath of the fatal assault on social media.

The 16-year-old youth allegedly killed the woman, who is aged in her 40s, with a blunt instrument at a property about 12km outside of Tullamore, Co Offaly earlier on Friday.

Distressing footage of the incident, showing the victim and her injuries as well as a weapon apparently used, was quickly shared online afterwards. Gardaí have appealed to people not to distribute the video.

Gardaí were also liaising with social media companies on Friday to have the video removed online. Several major platforms are taking steps to remove uploads of the video as they appear.

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The youth is known to have had behavioural issues and previously displayed challenging behaviour.

Gardai have not officially declared their inquiries a murder investigation but it is being treated as one in terms of resources.

In a statement, An Garda Síochána said that, at approximately 1pm, gardaí and Emergency Services responded to reports of a violent incident at a residential property near Tullamore. The body of a woman, aged in her 40s, was discovered there.

The teenager was arrested at the scene and is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at a Garda station in the midlands.

As a minor, he must be interviewed only in the presence of a guardian or other responsible adult. He can be questioned for up to 24 hours excluding rest periods.

Gardaí said the boy was known to the woman and investigating gardaí were not looking for any other people in connection with this incident.

The scene is currently preserved pending forensic and technical examination by the Garda Technical Bureau.

The Coroner and the Office of the State Pathologist have been informed and a pathologist was expected to visit the scene on Friday evening.

A Senior Investigating Officer has been appointed and an incident room has been established at Tullamore Garda Station.

“An Garda Síochána is aware that images from this incident are circulating on social media and messaging apps and An Garda Síochána is appealing to any person who receives these images not to share the content,” a Garda statement read.

It is understood a local school has also contacted parents to alert them of the footage in circulating and advise them to monitor their children’s social media usage.

Conor Gallagher

Conor Gallagher

Conor Gallagher is Crime and Security Correspondent of The Irish Times