Twin boys stabbed to death in their school uniforms by brother who then killed himself

Twin boys stabbed to death in their school uniforms by brother who then killed himself

Twin boys stabbed to death in their school uniforms by brother who then killed himself

Written by Bella Dalima

05 Sep, 2014 | 3:06 pm

Nine-year-old Patrick and Thomas O’Driscoll were dressed in their school uniforms when found dead in separate bedrooms by their younger brothers, aged three and five.

Their half-sibling Jonathan, 20, sped from the scene in Charleville, Co Cork, and was discovered hanged 15km away.

The tragic boys’ parents Tom and Ellen were shopping in nearby Kilmallock, Limerick, at the time.

A security source told the Irish Mirror : “It was a frenzied attack, the boys were stabbed multiple times. It’s understood there are psychological issues involved.”

Other sources last night claimed Jonathan was adopted before the O’Driscolls later went on to have the twins.

The nine-year-olds, who were being minded by older sibling Jonathan, died in separate bedrooms hours after he collected them from school.

Their bloodied bodies were found shortly before 5pm by their younger brothers, aged three and five.

The toddlers then raced from the home and began screaming for help through a neighbour’s hedge. As a major emergency operation swung into action, Jonathan, 20, fled the scene.

Charleville-deaths

He was found hanged from a tree by a riverbank in nearby Buttevant, an hour later.

The scene at the family home was last night described as horrific.

Schoolboys Patrick and Thomas – members of the settled Traveller community – were described by a neighbour as “a pair of rascals”.

Relatives were too distraught to comment last night.

Jonathan was minding the two boys while their parents were six miles away in Kilmallock, Co Limerick, and had collected them from Bawnogue school.

A car was seen driving away from the house after the attack in Deerpark, and just over an hour later Jonathan was found dead.

He was discovered by three children – a 10-year-old and two 14-year-olds, one of whom was a Spanish student who had just arrived in Ireland.

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