Teenager charged with Dublin schoolgirl murder
An 18-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a 12-year-old girl in Dublin at the weekend.
Jonathan Byrne, of Lohunda Downs in Clonsilla, Dublin, is accused of murdering Michaela Davis, whose body was found on a bank of the Royal Canal.
He was remanded in custody at Dublin District Court.
A post mortem examination showed that the schoolgirl had been attacked, sexually abused and strangled. A passer-by found her body on Saturday.
It is understood the girl left her home just after midnight on Saturday morning.
Her parents reported her missing two hours later.