Jonathan killed himself after stabbing Twin brothers to death, in Charleville, Co Cork
This happened yesterday September 4th, 2014! Patrick and Thomas O’Driscoll, 9 year old twin brothers were stabbed to death by their elder “half brother” Jonathan, 20 years of age, who also killed himself about an hour later, after he picked the kids from school and murdered them. Patrick and Thomas both were still dressed in their school uniforms when they were found dead in separate bedrooms by their younger brothers, aged three and five.Jonathan, who committed the murder was later found about 15km away from the scene in Charleville, Co Cork, where he had already committed suicide by hanging himself to death.
Meanwhile, the Parents of the boys, Tom and Ellen were just shopping nearby Kilmallock, Limerick, at the time of the incident. A security source told the Irish Mirror : “It was a frenzied attack, the boys were stabbed multiple times. It’s understood there must have been some psychological issues involved as some sources last night claimed that Jonathan was adopted before the O’Driscolls later had the twins
It was when the last two younger ones saw their murdered twin brothers that they began screaming for help through a neighbour’s hedge. As a major emergency operation swung into action, Jonathan, then fled from the scene. He was found hanged from a tree by a riverbank in nearby Buttevant, an hour later.
One source said: “Those poor little boys suffered a shocking death.”
Last night, the events leading to the shocking double killing remained unclear – but sources said the killer must have “just snapped”.
A next-door neighbour who raised the alarm said: “We were at home at about 5pm and the two young lads came over to the hedge.
“They were screaming at the top of their voices. They were roaring for my dad. We rang the [police] straight away.”
Schoolboys Patrick and Thomas – members of the settled Traveler 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.
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.
HSE Air Corps air ambulance, based at Costume Barracks, Athlone, was dispatched to the family home to take the boys to hospital, however it was quickly stood down when it became clear the twins were already dead.
Ambulance crews from Mallow were met by the horrific bloody scene.
Around 30 grieving family members and friends gathered outside the small cottage, which was sealed off last night.
Local priest Fr Tom Naughton said the tragedy had shaken the entire community.
He added: “I am shocked, I know the family myself. I have prayed with the family before. Obviously any family who would have experienced a tragedy of this nature would be devastated.
Police confirmed in a statement last night: “Officers in Charleville, Co Cork are investigating all the circumstances following the discovery of the bodies of two young boys in a house in Deerpark, Charleville shortly before 5pm on September 4.
“They were pronounced dead at the scene. The bodies remain at the scene and the area has been sealed off for technical examination, diversions are in place.
“The office of the State Pathologist has been notified and post mortemsare expected to be carried out.”
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