Father accused of killing sons remanded in custody

A father on suicide watch after being charged with the murder of his two sons appeared in court yesterday.

Father accused of killing sons remanded in custody

Sanjeev Chada, 43, from Ballinkillen, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, arrived at Harristown District Court wearing a navy sweatshirt and kept his head bowed for the duration of his appearance.

He has been in custody at the adjoining Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon since Aug 1.

He is facing charges of murdering his sons, Eoghan, 10, and Ruairi, 5, at Skehanagh, Ballintubber, Co Mayo on Jul 29 last.

The charges followed the discovery of the bodies of the two boys in a car boot after the vehicle had crashed into a stone wall at Ballintubber, just four few miles from Westport town.

At a previous court hearing Sanjeev Chada’s solicitor, James Hanley, had asked for Mr Chada to be kept separate from the rest of the prison at Castlerea prison and requested that he be looked at regularly.

Mr Hanley confirmed that it was a suicide watch request and gardaí agreed that this was needed.

In court yesterday, the accused man did not speak and stared at the ground throughout the brief hearing.

He is in receipt of legal aid after the court was told that he has no income.

Superintendent Jim Ryan said he was seeking a remand in custody for four weeks as the charges before the court were allegations of murder.

Judge Geoffrey Browne remanded him in continuing custody to appear again at Harristown District Court on Oct 11.

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