Monday 23 October 2017

Westport tragedy: Gardai attempt to trace movement of green Ford

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

GARDAI have appealed for witnesses who may have seen Sanjeev Chada criss cross the country with his young sons.

Superintendent David Taylor appealed for anyone who may have seen the green Ford Focus, registration 06 CW 238 at petrol stations, restaurants or hotels from 6.30pm on Sunday evening until 3.25pm this afternoon.


He said it was too early to say whether or not there was a separate crime involved in the incident.


He told how gardai received a report of a collision at the old coast road at Rosbeg in Westport at 3.25pm this evening. On arrival they found the car "embedded" in the stone wall.


"As a result of information obtained by gardai at the scene two bodies were located within the car. The driver of this vehicle was removed to Mayo General hospital where he is receiving attention to his injuries," he added.


Gardai are now waiting to interview Mr Chada whose injuries are not serious. He will be questioned after gardai are given the go ahead by medical staff.


Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar arrived in Westport shortly after 9.30pm tonight. He carried out a preliminary examination of the children's bodies at the scene.

The bodies of the two boys were then removed to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar. Full post mortems will be carried out tomorrow on the remains.


"The result of this post mortem will determine the nature and the direction of this investigation," added Supt Taylor.


Gardai have opened an incident room in Westport and are liasing closely with colleagues in Carlow in relation to the investigation.


"My appeal is for the whereabouts and the movements of this green Ford Focus registration number 06 CW 238 between the hours of 6.30pm and 3.25pm today. I'm particularly interested in talking to the owners of garages, did this vehicle obtain petrol at these garages? Shop owners, did you serve people of this description? Bed and breakfasts, hotels. Or did you see this vehicle passing you. It's a distinctive green Ford Focus. It may have passed you. It may not have drawn your attention but with subsequent events it now becomes important.


"We're interested in talking to you. As I said this car would have travelled across the country. It's exact route we don't know but obviously it made its way to the old coast road in Rosbeg," he added.


Anyone with information can contact the incident room on 098-50230 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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