Wednesday 24 January 2018

Bodies of two young brothers released from Mayo hospital

Sanjeev Chada
Sanjeev Chada
Eoghan Chada (10) was found dead at Westport
Ruairi Chada (5), also found dead at Westport
The home of brothers Eoghan and Ruairi Chada in Ballinkillen, Co Carlow
Kathleen Chada
Michelle Doorley, principal of Ballinkillen National School
Toys outside the Chada home
Eoghan Chada
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

THE bodies of young brothers Eoghan and Ruairi Chada have been released from the Mayo hospital.

The bodies of the five and ten year old boys was released at around 4.30pm today. An undertaker is understood to be travelling to Castlebar from Co Carlow to bring the children back to their home in Ballinkillen, Co Carlow.

Relatives of the children who drove to Mayo earlier in the week will accompany the remains home tonight.

The father of two young boys found dead in the boot of his crashed car is currently being questioned by gardai after being arrested.

Sanjeev Chada (43) was treated for minor injuries at Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar for the past two days after he was involved in the car crash at Rosbeg outside Westport shortly after 3pm on Monday. Gardai had remained at the hospital with him.

Gardai had been waiting to speak to Mr Chada for the past two days and were waiting for the go ahead from his medical team to do so. He spent two nights receiving treatment for minor injuries including soft tissue injuries sustained after he attempted to commit suicide following the crash. Medics also assessed whether he was in a fit mental state to be interviewed. This afternoon he was transported back from the Castlebar hospital to Westport garda station for the garda interview.

At 12.20pm Mr Chada was taken by three detectives from the back entrance of the hospital in a wheelchair before being placed in the backseat of a unmarked garda car where he remained with his head bowed. He was then driven to Westport garda station where he arrived  at 12.35pm. Flanked by three detectives he was brought into the station via a side entrance for questioning.

"A man aged in his 40s has been arrested by Gardai investigating the murders of 10-year-old Eoghan Chada and 5-year-old Ruairi Chada," a garda spokesman said.

He was arrested earlier today in Castlebar and is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at Westport Garda Station."

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar completed post mortem examinations on the children last night. While gardai are not releasing details of the post mortems for operational purposes, it is understood the children were strangled.

The green Ford Focus where the boys bodies where discovered in the boot, was removed from the scene at lunchtime yesterday following an on scene forensic examination. The car, which was found embedded into the wall at Rosbeg on Monday afternoon was  brought to Castlebar garda station for further forensic examinations.

Gardai were alerted to Mr Chada's wrecked car at 3.25pm on Monday afternoon. They initially thought the were responding to a single vehicle crash until witnesses rang emergency services to alert them to the grusesome discovery of the bodies of two young children in the boot. They had been dead for some time.

One witness on the scene, local man Sean O'Malley, described the moment when he and others discovered the bodies as "a chilling and numbing experience".

Their heartbroken mother Kathleen and family members are making funeral arrangements for the young brothers.

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