FUNERALS DUE FOR MURDERED BROTHERS FOUND IN THE BOOT OF DAD’S CAR

Eoghan, (10) and his five year-old brother Ruairi Chada will be laid to rest at lunchtime on Friday

Eoghan, (10) and his five year-old brother Ruairi Chada will be laid to rest at lunchtime on Friday

THE funerals are to take place at lunchtime on Friday for Eoghan and Ruairi Chada.

The bodies of the two brothers were found strangled to death in the boot of their dad’s crashed Ford Focus car in Co Mayo earlier this week.

They will be removed from the family home for 1pm mass at St Lazarian’s Church in their home town of Ballinkillen.

They will be laid to rest beside each other in the adjoining cemetery afterwards.

Parish Priest Fr Declan Foley will be the chief celebrant at the funeral mass.

He spent much of yesterday in the Chada family home and returned there last night when prayers were said over the boys’ coffins.

Yesterday, the father of the two boys was charged with the murder of ten-year-old Eoghan and five-year-old Ruairi.

Sanjeev Chada, 43, was brought before a special sitting of Swinford District Court on Thursday night.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court this morning.

Mr Chada, who was born in Northern Ireland, made no comment during a brief hearing before Judge Mary Devins at Swinford District Court last night.

Detective Sergeant Gary Walsh told the court that he charged Mr Chada with the murders at 7.50pm yesterday.

Sanjeev Chada was charged on Thursday night with murdering his two young sons

Sanjeev Chada was charged on Thursday night with murdering his two young sons

He gave no response when the first charge was put to him at Westport Garda Station and made a brief response to the second charge.

His solicitor James Hanley made a formal application for legal aid, saying his client had no income.

There was no objection and Judge Devins acceded to the request.

Mr Hanley also told the court he had concerns for his client’s welfare.

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