Thursday 23 November 2017

Gardai to interview dad of two boys found dead in car tomorrow

GARDAI will interview the father of the two little boys found dead in the boot of a car tomorrow

Sanjeev Chada (43) remains in Mayo General Hospital this evening as he recovers from injuries sustained in a crash.

Investigating gardai are currently awaiting medical clearance to interview Mr Chada – and are hoping to interview him tomorrow.

Gardai are still appealing to the public for information on the movements of Mr Chada's and his sons' movements on Sunday evening and Monday.

Gardai also believe that two boys Eoghan (10) and five-year-old Ruairi  were dead for a number of hours before they were discovered yesterday afternoon in the boot of a car that their father was driving.

Post-mortem examinations on the bodies of both little boys were conducted today. It is believed that both boys were asphyxiated.

Gardai revealed this evening that the details of the post mortems will not be released for operational reasons. Investigations are ongoing.

Sanjeev Chada and his two young sons – Eoghan (10) and five-year-old Ruairi went missing after leaving the family home in Ballinkillen, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, on Sunday evening.

Sanjeev Chada (43) and his two children Eoghan (10) and Ruairi (5)
Sanjeev Chada (43) and his two children Eoghan (10) and Ruairi (5)
Michelle Doorley, Ballinkillen National School Principal, reads a statement to the media. Eoghan Chada (10) and his brother Ruairi (5) were pupils at the school
The flag at Ballinkillen Hurling Club flies at half mast in memory of Eoghan Chada and his brother Ruairi
Eoghan (10) and Ruairi Chada (5)
The crime scene in Rosbeg in Wesport last night where the crash happened
Eoghan Chada (10) was found dead at Westport
Ruairi Chada (5), also found dead at Westport
Sanjeev Chada
Kathleen Chada
The home where Eoghan Chada, 10, and his brother Ruairi, 5 lived in Ballinkillen, Carlow

The bodies of the boys were discovered about four miles from Westport, Co Mayo.

Mr Chada, known locally as Sanj, who suffered non-life threatening injuries in the accident, is due to be interviewed by detectives.

He was being investigated by gardai over the disappearance of 50,000 euro from a local community centre.

Michelle Doorley, principal of Ballinkillen National School where the boys went to school, described them as having "the whole package".

She said they were both beautiful, very popular and had a great sense of fun and humour and would be missed by pupils and teachers.

"Ruairi had a smile you'd die for," she said.

"He was bubbly and bright. Very clever, great sense of fun. He was always following his brother around.

"Eoghan had just finished third class. He was a solid, bright young chap.

"They were very close. Ruairi was like Eoghan's shadow. They did everything."

Ms Doorley said the boys and their family, including heartbroken mother Kathleen, were the first to take part and volunteer for anything.

She said their mother grew up in the area and had lots of nieces and nephews and family support.

The school also has a critical incident plan in place to help support the children and parents at theschool cope with the tragedy, she added.

"Everybody is shocked and traumatised," an emotional Ms Doorley told RTE radio.

"There's a great sense of community in our school, everyone will feel this loss."

Mr Khalid Jabbar, from the State Pathologist's office, carried out preliminary examinations at the crash site last night ahead of full post -mortem examinations in Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar taking place this afternoon, where Mr Chada is being treated.

It is believed they were strangled or suffocated.

Gardai have again appealed for information from anyone who may have seen the father of two in his green Ford Focus, registration number 06 CW 238, as it travelled across the country.

They urged workers in petrol stations, shops, B&Bs and hotels and motorists who may have seen the Focus between Sunday and Monday to come forward in a bid to identify the route it took across the country.

Teams of officers in both Mayo and Carlow are working on the case.

The car was discovered crashed into a stone wall at Clooneen, Rosbeg, on the coast road to Louisburgh.

Gardai said local officers in Mayo responded to a report of a single vehicle car accident, almost 300km from where Mr Chada was last seen with his children.

It is understood two local men were at the scene of the accident shortly after it happened and spoke to Mr Chada.

One of them lent him a mobile phone to make a call.

A passer-by called 999 to report the accident after the car crashed into an old stone wall at about 3.25pm on Monday afternoon.

Mr Chada was last seen with the children at 6.30pm on Sunday leaving their home supposedly to go to the Dome Bowling Centre in Carlow town.

The children were the subject of a nationwide search amid fears that Mr Chada had abducted them on Sunday evening after telling his wife that he was taking them out.

Gardai issued the first ever amber alert for missing children - the Child Rescue Ireland Alert - after Mr Chada failed to return home with them.

At the time the alert was issued, gardai said they had no knowledge of any breakdown in relations in the family and insisted that the couple were not estranged.

Eoghan and Ruairi were described as extremely popular and "two little sports fanatics".

They were members of their local junior hurling club, Ballinkillen in rural Co Carlow, and had played at under-10 and under-six level.

Mrs Chada, a nurse, was originally from the area and lives near where her parents Willie and Patsy Murphy have a home.

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