Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tragic killer had drugs in system

Shane Clancy had taken large amounts of anti-depressants

Edel Kennedy

TOXICOLOGY results have found that a young man who carried out a murder-suicide had a high level of anti-depressants in his system during the attack.

Shane Clancy stabbed Sebastian Creane at his home in Bray, Co Wicklow, before turning the knife on himself.

However, the results show that the Trinity student had no alcohol or other drugs in his body when he stabbed Creane to death and injured two others.

The completion of the toxicology tests means that the inquests into the tragedy, which took place on August 16 last, can now go ahead.

Clancy, from Dalkey in south Dublin, stabbed Mr Creane to death before turning the knife on his brother Dylan Creane (28), and his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Hannigan (22). They both survived their injuries but Clancy then stabbed himself more than 20 times, eventually severing the main artery to his own heart.

Clancy had spent the night in the company of Sebastian Creane. Mr Creane had recently begun a relationship with Ms Hannigan, with whom Clancy had broken up after a three-year relationship.

He remained with Mr Creane and a larger group of friends until the early hours of the morning and then insisted on dropping him home.

After letting Mr Creane out of the car at his home in Bray, Clancy then drove to Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt where he purchased a block of knives and returned to the Creane home.

Investigators are continuing to try to piece together what happened that night but it is believed that Clancy gained access to the house by knocking on the door.

After being stabbed, Sebastian Creane stumbled up the stairs in a desperate attempt to get help from his brother, Dylan. Ms Hannigan went into the kitchen to see what the commotion was about and Clancy then stabbed her too.

Gardai believe her life was saved because Dylan Creane tried to disarm Clancy.

Clancy's parents have spoken publicly of their son's actions and have said he had suffered with depression.

Leonie Farrell has spoken of how she took her 22-year-old son to the doctor where he got a month's supply of anti-depressants -- and he then took them all in one go in a suicide attempt. She criticised the fact that after the suicide attempt he had been given another month's supply. His parents said they had not been made aware of the drugs' side-effects.

An inquest into Clancy's death will take place on April 15.

Mr Creane's inquest will take place on a separate date.

It is understood that Clancy's family hope to explore whether the medication he was taking influenced his behaviour.

Irish Independent

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