Sunday 25 February 2018

Sebastian's mum: I was reeling when mum of my son’s killer went on the Late Late Show

Sebastian Creane
Sebastian Creane

THE mother of a young man who was killed by Dublin student Shane Clancy in a knife attack five years ago has revealed she was "reeling" after an interview with the mother of her son’s killer went ahead on the Late Late Show

Nuala Creane - the mother of Sebastian Creane (22) who was fatally stabbed at their home on August 16 2009 – said she was devastated that an interview with Clancy’s mother went ahead – even after she contacted RTE to protest.

In an emotional interview on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk 106-108fm, Nuala revealed her anger that Clancy’s mother, Leonie Fennell, was going to be interviewed on the Late Late Show before Sebastian’s inquest had been conducted.

“I was reeling. The guards came to tell us that Leonie Fennell – Shane Clancy’s mother – was to appear on the Late Late Show. There was nothing they could do about it because you can’t prejudice the coroner’s court. They said the only thing we could do is write to them. So I sat down and composed a letter to Cathal Goan (the then director general of RTE). I asked him to defer the interview until following the inquest - because it was the only place that we could get answers. It was the only place where Seb’s rights are honoured.”

Nuala said that she received an email in response to her letter from former Late Late Show producer Jim Jennings. 

“In that email he said that they had deferred the programme for one week because of Seb’s inquest. But this programme was going to bring up issues about mental health policy in the country and these people had wanted to make and who was he to deny them? He wrote I hoped I understood. I was reeling.” 

Shane Clancy’s body was found at the rear of the Creane home in Bray in August 16 2009. He had suffered a number of self-inflicted knife wounds.

Earlier - at around 3am that night - Shane drove to Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt, Dublin, where he bought a set of knives.

He then drove to Bray where he stabbed Seb to death. He then stabbed his ex-girlfriend Jen - almost killing her - before stabbing Seb’s brother Dylan and proceeding to take his own life.

He had been going out with Sebastian’s girlfriend Jennifer Hannigan for three years up to March 2009.

He ended the relationship but became depressed when he found out she was seeing Sebastian Creane.

Nuala was speaking in advance of a TV documentary due to be broadcast tonight which traces the impacts that the killings had on the Creane and Clancy families as well as the impact on Sebastian’s girlfriend Jennifer Hannigan.

The documentary retraces the whole story of Clancy’s heartbreak which led to the frightening sequence of events - culminating in the killing of Seb Creane, the attempted killings of Jennifer Hannigan and Dylan Creane and Clancy’s own suicide.

Nuala Creane also revealed that she was angry at how the coroner’s court conducted the inquest into Shane Clancy’s death and recorded  an open verdict in his death.

She said that she was angry at what she saw as the failure of the coroner's court to provide any balancing testimony to the claims of a witness that the medication Clancy was on had an impact on his his actions.

“An inquest is a fact finding mission. Shane Clancy left letters. He left a suicide note. That was not put into testimony at the coroner’s court. There was CCTV footage that was not shown before - it is going to be shown in the documentary tonight.”

Nuala admitted that the tragedy almost drove herself and her husband James apart.

“James and I differed very much and it almost tore us apart. I said that we knew the truth and we can live with it but he said that he couldn’t live with it.”

Sebastian’s mum described him as “He was a lovely young man. Sometimes because someone is dead you can be inclined to wipe out all their faults but he was a darling. We adored him.”

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