Father of boys appears in court charged with their murder

The father of two Co Carlow brothers has appeared in court charged with his sons' murders in Co Mayo.

Father of boys appears in court charged with their murder

The father of two boys found dead in the boot of his car was charged with their murder tonight.

Sanjeev Chada, 43, was brought before a special sitting of Swinford District Court where he was accused of killing 10-year-old Eoghan and Ruairi, five.

Det Sgt Gary Walshe said when charged at Westport Garda Station earlier in the evening, Chada replied: “I am so sorry. I really wish I hadn’t done it.”

Chada, of Ballinkill, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, was arrested after being treated in hospital for injuries sustained in a car crash on Monday.

He stood with his head bowed and hands clasped during the five-minute hearing.

Throughout the proceedings, bearded, ponytailed Chada, dressed in a blue top, grey flannel bottoms and blue trainers, appeared distraught .

Just after 9pm he was ushered by detectives into Swinford Courthouse, where an eerie silence pervaded for nearly 10 minutes before the proceedings got under way.

Solicitor James Hanley applied for legal aid, stating that effectively Chada had no income.

Mr Hanley said Chada was living with his wife who was in employment and asked that he be checked on regularly while in prison and kept apart from other inmates.

When asked if he was suggesting this meant a suicide watch, the solicitor replied that it was.

A crowd of about 50 people gathered outside the court but there were no incidents.

Chada will appear before Harristown District Court tomorrow morning.

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