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Eoghan and Ruairi Chada

'He should never, ever have the freedom. Or have any freedom again' - Mother of boys murdered by father

Kathleen Chada will appear in a new TV3 documentary about those who have killed members of their family.

KATHLEEN CHADA, WHOSE husband murdered their two sons, has recalled the moment that her husband told her that her sons were dead, saying that he should never “have any freedom again”.

Chada was speaking in a video by TV3 in advance of a new documentary, Killer in the Family: True Lives, which will air on the station at 9pm tonight.

Her husband Sanjeev killed their two sons, Eoghan and Ruairi, in 2013. The sons had been reported missing the evening before they were found dead near Westport, Co Mayo, in the boot of a vehicle after a single car crash. They were aged 10 and five.

He had told her that he would take the boys out for the day, and leave her the afternoon to herself, but she became concerned when they did not return in the evening.

It probably got to about half nine and I started wondering where he was. You know it was like, he has to be somewhere. He’s hiding somewhere. Are the boys frightened? Are they wondering what’s going on?

He rang her the next day and said: “The boys are dead in the back,” she recalled.

I kind of lost it at that stage and was like ‘No way, they couldn’t be.’ And I remember screaming and I remember sitting on the couch and going ‘Please tell me my boys are OK.’

Sanjeev was sentenced to two life sentences in 2014. In January of this year, Chada secured a High Court judgment of over €77,000 against him.

She described the decision to pursue the injunction at the time as “part of a process”. “It was part of the separation proceedings. I wouldn’t have expected it to make news. The process wasn’t difficult,” she told Pat Kenny on Newstalk FM.

She recalled that her husband was perfectly sane at the time of the murders, and that she considered her children to be safe if they were with him.

On TV3, she describes how she is adjusting as time passes.

There’s a part of me that thinks that I’ll end up bumping into him over the grave some day in the future. That bothers me because he shouldn’t. He should never, ever have the freedom. Or have any freedom again.

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