Michael Staines
Michael Staines

16.10 29 Oct 2020


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Gardaí have appealed for anyone with any information on the deaths of a mother and her two children at their home in Dublin to come forward.

37-year-old Seema Banu was found dead alongside her 11-year-old daughter Asfira and six-year-old son Faizan at her home in Balinteer yesterday.

The Locum Assistant State Pathologist Dr Heidi Okkers is currently carrying out post-mortem examinations with results expected tomorrow morning.

Gardaí say the results will determine the course of their investigation.

This evening, investigators appealed for anyone with any information to come forward.

They also reiterated their appeal to members of the public not to circulate social media speculation on the deaths, which they described as “uninformed and unhelpful to the criminal investigation.”

The resources of a murder investigation have been made available for the cases and Gardaí last night spoke to a man who was known to the mother and her two children.

Candles lit in memory of a family found dead in the Llewellyn Estate in Ballinteer, Dublin yesterda Candles lit in memory of a family found dead in the Llewellyn Estate in Ballinteer, Dublin yesterday, 28-10-2020. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews

A candlelit vigil was held in the Llewellyn Estate on Wednesday night for the family, who had not been seen for a number of days.

This afternoon, the ISPCC said parents should check in with their children in the wake of the charity.

Chief Executive John Church said young people can contact the Childline service if the news is affecting them.

“Something as simple as when you are out for a walk in the park or over a mealtime or a treat time during mid-term break, ask the simple questions,” he said.

“First of all, ‘have you seen what happened? How does it make you feel? Are you worried about it? Are you concerned about things like that?

“It is just simple things that I know a lot of parents would practice but I certainly would encourage parents to do that.”

Gardaí in the Llewellyn estate in Ballinteer after the bodies of a woman and two children were discovered dead in Dublin Gardaí in the Llewellyn estate in Ballinteer after the bodies of a woman and two children were discovered, 28-10-2020. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews

He said parents should assume that their children are aware of what has happened and should not be afraid to ask them how they are feeling.

No arrests have been made in connection with the deaths and the investigation is continuing.


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