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Jonathan O’Driscoll with his twin nine-year-old brothers Thomas ‘TomTom’ (left) and Patrick ‘Paddy'

Jonathan O’Driscoll with his twin nine-year-old brothers Thomas ‘TomTom’ (left) and Patrick ‘Paddy'

Heartbroken mum Helen O’Driscoll speaks to the media outside the inquest

Heartbroken mum Helen O’Driscoll speaks to the media outside the inquest

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Jonathan O’Driscoll with his twin nine-year-old brothers Thomas ‘TomTom’ (left) and Patrick ‘Paddy'

One of the grimmest details to emerge from last week's inquest in Mallow, Co Cork, was that Jonathan O'Driscoll had Googled the words "murder in Charleville" before stabbing his two younger brothers to death. To do so now brings back pages detailing the 21-year-old's own crime, which ended the lives of twins Thomas and Patrick on September 4, last year, and which culminated in Jonathan's own suicide.

Back then, it would most likely have returned stories about Diane Ward, the 43-year-old mother who, whilst suffering from depression, smothered her young son Anthony the night before he was due to return to school. That killing happened in September, 2012, less than five minutes' drive from the house where the later tragedy was unfolding.


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