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Killer's mother calls for probe into anti-depressants

Published 11/03/2014 | 02:30

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Leonie Fennell, mother of Shane Clancy
Leonie Fennell, mother of Shane Clancy

THE mother of student Shane Clancy, who stabbed a young man to death before taking his own life, has called for an independent inquiry into the effect anti-depressant drugs had upon her son.

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Leonie Fennell explained her decision to participate in a TV3 documentary aired last night, which looked at the events surrounding the death of her son Shane and Sebastian Creane (22), who was fatally stabbed in August 2009.

After buying a set of knives, Shane had driven to Bray where he stabbed Sebastian to death. He then stabbed his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Hannigan, before stabbing Sebastian's brother Dylan and proceeding to take his own life.

Shane's body was found at the rear of the Creane home in Bray with a number of self-inflicted knife wounds. Shane had been depressed in the weeks before the tragedy and had been on medication. His mother has since campaigned for greater controls surrounding anti-depressant drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

Ms Fennell said: "We decided to participate in this programme because it provided others with the opportunity to hear about the role that SSRI antidepressants played in the tragic deaths.

"This is information we wish we had known before Shane's death and which we believe may prevent other families suffering the pain we all now live with."

In a blog written before the programme was aired, she said: "Our over-riding feeling, from the very beginning, has been that if this can happen to Shane it could happen to anyone."

Irish Independent

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