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Killer and Seb inquest in separate counties

The inquests into the deaths of Sebastian Creane and Shane Clancy, involved in a shocking murder/suicide in Bray in August, will be held in two different counties.

Despite the fact that both men died in the brutal incident at the same house in Cuala Grove, the inquest into the death of Clancy will be conducted by the Dublin County Coroner Kieran Geraghty, while the inquest into the death of Mr Creane will be held by Wicklow East Coroner Cathal Louth.

Clancy (22) stabbed student Mr Creane (22) at the Creane family home on August 16.

He then attacked Mr Creane's brother Dylan (28) and ex-girlfriend Jennifer Hannigan (22), leaving them both with serious injuries.

Relationship

Clancy had previously been in a relationship with Ms Hannigan, and had met with Mr Creane and a wider circle of friends on the night of the attack.

It later emerged that he drove Mr Creane and others back to Bray before driving to Cornelscourt Shopping Centre, where he bought the block of knives he used in the attack.

Following the murder, Clancy ran to the back garden of the house, where he was later found dead from self-inflicted stab wounds.

Both inquests are due to be held in the coming weeks.

Toxicology results from the body of Clancy have been returned to the Dublin coroner, but gardai have yet to find out what, if any, drugs were in his system at the time of the attack.

The coroner is due to compare the new test results with information obtained during the post-mortem examination before handing them to gardai in Bray, Co Wicklow.

Meanwhile, Wicklow East Coroner Mr Louth has told the Herald he is awaiting post-mortem examination results on the body of Mr Creane before he can set a date for the opening of the inquest.

In the weeks following the shocking double deaths of the two young men, Clancy's mother and stepfather appeared on the Late Late Show.

Leonie Fennell told how her son had tried to take his life after she took him to the doctor where he got a month's supply of anti-depressants -- then took them all in one go.

Describing her son as an extremely caring boy with a big heart, Ms Fennell insisted there was never any malice in him.

But she said that he could not get over the break up of his three-year relationship with Ms Hannigan.

"He said one day, out of the blue: 'I can't get over it'," she said. "He got worse and worse. He would be standing beside me and the tears would be running down his face."

His stepfather Tony Donnelly said the six-footer lost two stone and became a shadow of his former self.

His mother said a few days before the tragedy he was showing no emotion.

"He was depressed for three months, but his motivation was dropping," she said.

Depressants

"When he went on the depressants, he was very 'mono'. There was no emotion."

On the night of the murder-suicide, she texted him at 9pm to tell him she loved him and he texted back to tell her the same.

He was in "great form" that night, Mr Donnelly said.

"He was the last person in the world to do anything like that. Your mind has to be gone to do something like that."

cfeehan@herald.ie


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