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Monday 16 September 2019

'My best buddy has been taken from this world and all his little friends' – Dad’s grief at losing young son to 'murder-suicide'

*Boy died in suspected murder-suicide
*Bodies of Sinead Higgins and Oisín O'Driscoll discovered in house
*Dad expresses devastation

The house where the bodies of Sinead Higgins and Oisín O'Driscoll were discovered in Ruislip, London. Inset: Shane O'Driscoll and Oisín
The house where the bodies of Sinead Higgins and Oisín O'Driscoll were discovered in Ruislip, London. Inset: Shane O'Driscoll and Oisín
DEVASTATING: The bodies of Oisin O’Driscoll (7) and his mother Sinead Higgins (37) were found at their home in Ruislip, West London, last Wednesday morning
Sinead Higgins with her son Oisin O'Driscoll
Sinead Higgins. Picture: Twitter

Daire Courtney

The father of a boy who died in a suspected murder-suicide this week has expressed his devastation at losing his young son.

Shane O’Driscoll alerted authorities when he realised that his son Oisín (7) had not turned up at school on Wednesday. His ex-partner Sinéad Higgins (38) and their son were found dead at her home in Ruislip, West London that morning.

Detectives in the case are satisfied that their deaths are "consistent with a murder-suicide.”

Mr O’Driscoll took to Facebook on Friday to express his grief at seeing his son Oisín’s body.

DEVASTATING: The bodies of Oisin O’Driscoll (7) and his mother Sinead Higgins (37) were found at their home in Ruislip, West London, last Wednesday morning
DEVASTATING: The bodies of Oisin O’Driscoll (7) and his mother Sinead Higgins (37) were found at their home in Ruislip, West London, last Wednesday morning

“Thank you for all your support and messages. Words cannot express how we are feeling,” he said.

“Today it became real when I had the first opportunity to hold Oisin and see his little face. My best buddy has been taken from this world and taken from all his little friends.

“He has always been an angel.

“Sleep well my little man. Love Dada”

Sinead Higgins with her son Oisin O'Driscoll
Sinead Higgins with her son Oisin O'Driscoll

Mr O’Driscoll’s post was flooded with condolences of friends and family expressing their support for him in this tragic time.

Ms Higgins, originally from Aughagower, County Mayo, was said to be depressed in the time leading up to her death.

Sinead Higgins. Picture: Twitter
Sinead Higgins. Picture: Twitter

Barbara Lonnan, a neighbour who lived close to Ms Higgins in Ruislip, said: "When she first came here two years ago she was really bubbly but gradually she got more and more depressed.”

"It was so sad to see. I told her there are people who can get you help but I don't think she ever went."

She said: "I think it was because of her boyfriend and life in general getting on top of her. She also said the landlord had put up the rent and she didn't know how she could pay for it.

"I know she was depressed but to take him as well - her family must be devastated."

If you have been affected by issues in this article, you can free-phone the Samaritans on 116 123. Pieta House can be contacted on 1800 247 247.  For more information on Pieta House and its services visit www.pieta.ie.

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