Thursday 29 September 2016

Man appears in court after four children found 'strangled' in Wicklow home

Cathal McMahon

Published 04/06/2016 | 20:45

The scene where four children were found allegedly strangled at a home in Co Wicklow. Picture by Fergal Phillips
The scene where four children were found allegedly strangled at a home in Co Wicklow. Picture by Fergal Phillips

A man has appeared in court in relation to an incident in which four children were found allegedly strangled at a home in Co Wicklow.

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The discovery of the children was made at the house in Blainroe, County Wicklow on Friday evening shortly after 7.30pm.

Their father was charged in relation to the alleged assaults at a Special Sitting of Bray District Court this evening.

Two boys and two girls, aged between three and 11, were found to be seriously injured at the property.

Two were airlifted and two were taken by ambulance to Tallaght Hospital and where gardaí said they were initially in a "serious condition".

Parish priest Reverend Donal Roche has now confirmed the children have been released from hospital.

Earlier today, a senior source told Independent.ie the four children were making "an excellent recovery".

"The children in this case have all made an excellent recovery," they said.

"Staff at the hospital are hoping to release them this evening.

"Physically they are in a good condition but how this will impact on them psychologically is a matter for another time."

Their 35-year-old father was arrested shortly afterwards in connection with the investigation.

The scene is preserved for technical examination.

It is understood that their mother was not in the house at the time of the alleged assault.

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