Man accused of murdering wife and children to go on trial

Man accused of murdering wife and children to go on trial

 Sameer Syed, centre, at the funeral of his wife and children.

A 37-year-old man accused of murdering his wife and two young children at their south Dublin home will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in June next year.

Sameer Syed of Grosvenor Lodge, Rathmines, Dublin 6 is charged with murdering his wife Seema Banu, aged 37, his 11-year-old daughter Asfira Riza and 6-year-old son Faizan Syed at Llewellyn Court, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 on October 28 last year.

Ms Banu, who was from India, lived in a house in Llewellyn Court with her two children. Their bodies were found after residents in the estate became concerned when the family hadn't been seen in several days and alerted the gardaí.

Counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions Brendan Grehan SC told Mr Justice Michael White at the Central Criminal Court that the matter had just been returned for trial and said the accused was charged with the murder of his wife and two children.

Mr Grehan said that the District Court had made certain orders in light of a Court of Appeal ruling but those orders no longer applied due to the change in the law. "There is no impediment to them being named," he added.

Mr Justice White said in that case he did not need to make any order.

Three counts of murder

When Mr Syed was charged with three counts of murder at Dun Laoghaire District Court on November 30 last, arresting officer Detective Sergeant John White told Judge Ann Watkin that reporting restrictions under Section 252 of the Children Act applied because two of the deceased were juveniles. Judge Watkin reminded the media at the same court sitting that reporting restrictions applied and a subsequent attempt by the media to have them lifted was unsuccessful.

Defence counsel Roisin Lacey SC told Mr Justice White today that there was a considerable amount of material in the case.

Mr Grehan said that other material could become available from abroad, which might lengthen the trial.

Mr Justice White set a trial date for June 15, 2022. The case is expected to last five weeks.

Mr Syed appeared via video-link for today's brief hearing and he was remanded in custody until that date.

On April 28, Mr Syed was sent forward for the trial to the Central Criminal Court after being served with the book of evidence. Free legal aid was also granted and there was no State objection.

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