The husband of a woman who was found dead in her home yesterday with her two children was charged with aggravated assault in court today.
Gardaí believes the bodies of the 37-year-old woman and her 11-year-old daughter and six-year-old son may have been lying in the house in southern Dublin for days before they were discovered.
A legal source familiar with the case said Gardaí believes that today's scheduled court appearance may have been the "catalyst" that led to the gruesome murders.
A man vomited at a Garda station yesterday afternoon after a hectic search for several hours.
Gardaí had found the three bodies in court less than 24 hours after the suspect had been tried for assault in the family home.
Gardai and forensics on Wednesday evening following the discovery of the bodies of a woman and two young children at Llewellyn Estate in Ballinteer, south Dublin
Gardai are pictured at the house in Ballinteer in south Dublin. Officers reportedly broke into the property after worrying about the well-being of the people inside
The locator map shows the place where the mother and her two children were found in south Dublin
Gardaí was called to the house on Llewellyn Court in Rathfarnham earlier this year after the man allegedly hit the woman in serious disorder. He was arrested at the time and was due in court today for the judge to review the status of the trial.
The case was put up for a full trial on April 22nd when the man was due to answer the charge, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
The family's close neighbor, who drove the children to school every week, said he felt they had been let down with the system. Affected neighbors contacted the gardaí after the woman and their two children had not been seen for several days and their attempts to contact them failed.
After Monday's horrific suicide in Kanturk, Co. Cork, yesterday saw another congregation, this time in Rathfarnham, south Dublin, attempt to deal with such disturbing events.
A private ambulance exiting the scene at Llewellyn Estate in Ballinteer, south Dublin, after the bodies of a woman and two young children were discovered. Gardaí was called to the house on Llewellyn Court in Rathfarnham earlier this year after the man allegedly hit the woman in serious disorder
This also happened in a quiet area, a housing estate. A neighbor told the Irish Daily Mail that his children went to the same school as the tragic family, who were Indian, and he took them out every day.
He thought the family, who are also Muslims, had been let down by the system and said, “Well, if you know the real stories, it's just the system.
"I knew her pretty well and the kids went to the same school, so we took her to school every day."
When asked how his children felt about what happened, he said, “It's just terrible, there is no system. The police know there are children next door. How do you deal with these children?
People leave after planting flowers near the scene at the Llewellyn estate in Ballinteer
People at a candlelit vigil at the Llewellyn Estate in Ballinteer, south Dublin, following the discovery of the bodies of a woman and two young children
“They knew there were children, but there was nothing for them at all. It's awful.
"Something terrible happened and there are children on the property, so a certain amount of care needs to be taken."
No other person was found on the property in Dublin that the family had lived in since January.
The children were found in a bedroom, and the woman's remains were also found up on the property.
Gardaí were called into the house just before noon yesterday, and members of the armed support force broke into the house and found the bodies.
Superintendent Paul Reidy of the Blackrock Garda Station said a post mortem is to be carried out on the three victims. Gardaí has also urged the public not to post any comments on the case on social media platforms, describing them as uninformed and unhelpful for the investigation.
They also speak to friends and family of the wife and children as part of their inquiries. Family and friends from across Europe called their loved ones at the Llewyn estate as news of the terrible tragedy unfolded yesterday afternoon.
One girl, 12-year-old Leyla Hemp, said her aunt, who lives in Spain, heard about the tragedy and called the family immediately.
She called my sister and said: is everything okay? because she couldn't get through to my mom or dad and tell my sister what happened to the 11 year old and the 6 year old.
“I'm about to go now to see my friends, but I had to wait a bit because I didn't want to come out while all the gardaí were there and I didn't want to go past the house or anything. It's a really beautiful area and very little happens. & # 39;
Another Polish woman who lives nearby said her husband had called from Poland when he heard the news and wanted to make sure I and the children here were fine. We're fine, we don't know this woman, there are a lot of rented houses here, ”she said.
In the park in the center of Llewellyn Way, which overlooks the entrance to Llewellyn Court, Seán Gentleman kicked a soccer ball with his friend.
“We heard about it on the one o'clock news and we could see Garda cars getting in and out. It never happens here. It's a very quiet area, there is very little crime, ”he said.
Adults struggled to keep children safe from the horror of what was happening.
A family in Halloween costumes came out of a house just a few doors down to where the bodies were found. When they passed Lake Garda, a little boy asked a neighbor what had happened.
Gardai at a house in Llewellyn, Ballinteer, south Dublin, after the bodies of a woman and two young children were discovered
"There was an accident," she said. & # 39; A car accident? & # 39; he asked. "Yes," she said. "Oh, I heard a robber came into the house," he replied.
The woman said, "I've always said I'm concerned about the mental health effects of lockdown."
Like everyone else who lived at Llewellyn Court, she had to park her car outside Lake Garda and go to her house because Gardaí feared that cars could destroy possible forensic evidence on the road.
Around 3 p.m., a van from the technical office on Lake Garda arrived at the property. A plainclothes Garda looking for evidence at the larger Llewellyn estate ran to an unmarked Garda car leaving Llewellyn Court.
In the modern red-brick house where the bodies were found, groups of uniformed plainclothes gardaí could be seen all afternoon.
The house has a distinctive lamp on the outside and another on the porch, but unlike many of the houses on the property, it didn't have Halloween decorations.
A man who was walking his dog said Llewellyn Court is right within the Rathfarnham border. A river flowing behind it is the dividing line with ballin tar falling under another jurisdiction on Lake Garda.
He said he thought he knew the woman and her children from going to Centra. “You're taking a shortcut through the Grange Wood estate where I live. I didn't know her personally, I would probably get to know her, but it's hard to know that there are some houses for rent here too, ”he said.