FATHER RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE AND MOTHER REMAINS IN CUSTODY IN LONDONS SRILANKAN TAMIL DOUBLE MURDER OF CHILDREN
By Walter Jayawardhana
The 39 year old Sri Lankan Tamil father, Navarajah who was arrested
together with his wife for the murder of their five and four year old
children and cutting the throat of their six months old baby girl has
been released without charge by the police.
He has been also bailed out on a different matter and the police refused
to comment on it.
The mother of the deceased and injured children, Sasikala Navaneethan
(35) who was also having some injuries has not been released and remains
in a hospital now under police custody.
The attack on the children and the injury of the woman allegedly took
place in their four bedroomed 300,000 Pound house in South London at
Park Road in Carshalton, the Police said.
The mother and the father were being extensively questioned by the
murder squad and the child abuse unit of the new Scotland Yard , before
the father being released without any charge the Police said.
The Police and ambulances reached the murder scene at 10.30 p.m. May
30, the neighbours said. The paramedics who came in several ambulances
to the scene put them in the vehicles and were seen attempting to resuscitate
the injured children before being removing them to the hospital , the
But the two older children, a boy aged five and a girl aged four died
within 15 minutes of each other shortly before midnight, Friday after
admission to the hospital. Sources said their throats had been cut.
Neighbours said the tragedy occurred at the time the man who ran a
news agency and a grocery stores at nearby Coulsdon returned home late
at night on Friday.
Neighbours in the usually placid town said the deceased children were
very playful and sweet and talked to them while playing outside their
house,riding their little bikes.
The immediate neighbour of the ill fated family, Dhruba Sengupta (66)
a retired forensic lab technician said , I have been living here
for more than twenty years and I have never known anything like thisOther
neighbours said that despite great tradgedy that had occurred both,
the man and the woman were calm and not screaming or crying.
Other neighbours said , after the incident a group of Sri Lankan Tamils
arrived at the scene and told them that they used to live in the house
but moved out because of problems. When police came and spoke to them
they started screaiming and crying, they said.
While the house remained taped off and forensic experts were collecting
evidence inside, neighbours kept on coming to leave flowers for the
dead children in the courtyard and on the parapet wall around the property.
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