‘Bod­ies of son and mum con­sis­tent with mur­der and sui­cide’

Seven-year-old and mother found in­side house

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE dis­cov­ery of the bod­ies of a 37-year-old woman and her sev­enyear-old son in South Ruis­lip on Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 14 are con­sis­tent with a mur­der and a sui­cide, po­lice say.

Of­fi­cers were called to The Fair­way, near South Ruis­lip sta­tion, at around 10.50am when they found the bod­ies, be­lieved to be Sinead Hig­gins and her son Oisin O’Driscoll.

Post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tions were held at Uxbridge Mor­tu­ary on Fri­day De­cem­ber 16, but were un­able to de­ter­mine the cause of death, and po­lice say they are wait­ing for fur­ther tox­i­col­ogy tests. How­ever, fol­low­ing the ex­am­i­na­tions, detectives say they are sat­is­fied that the deaths are ‘con­sis­tent with a mur­der and a sui­cide’.

A neigh­bour of the mother and son found dead in South Ruis­lip said it is a ‘shock­ing’ in­ci­dent and that she had not seen any­thing like it.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice were called to the scene after con­cerns were raised for wel­fare of the peo­ple in the house.

The neigh­bour, who lives in The Fair­way and asked not to be named, said: “It’s very shock­ing.

“There’s never trou­ble here. I’ve been liv­ing here for 30 years.

“This is the first time any­thing like this has hap­pened.”

On Thurs­day af­ter­noon, a man and a woman left flow­ers on the doorstep of the house with a mes­sage that read: “My best friend. I’ll miss you.”

Foren­sic teams and the Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice were spot­ted at the house on De­cem­ber 14 and detectives from the Metropoli­tan Po­lice ques­tioned neigh­bours in the evening.

The neigh­bour added: “At about 11am one po­lice car came. I thought it might be a bur­glary, then lots more po­lice cars came.

“My grand­son said he saw the foren­sic peo­ple when he came home from school.”

The next of kin have been in­formed of the deaths and po­lice say the causes are be­ing treated as un­ex­plained.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Dave Bolton, from the Homi­cide and Major Crime Com­mand, said: “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is at a very early stage, but en­quiries so far lead us to be­lieve there is a like­li­hood that the tragic events that led to the deaths do not in­volve a third party.”

CRIME SCENE: The house in The Fair­way, South Ruis­lip

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