Then stabs him­self to death

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST news@sun­

A FA­THER sus­pected of mur­der­ing his wife and three young sons pinned a note to the back door warn­ing neigh­bours against en­ter­ing the house be­fore tak­ing his own life.

The bod­ies of pri­mary school deputy prin­ci­pal Alan Hawe, aged in his 40s, and his school­teacher wife Clodagh, aged in her 30s, and their three sons were dis­cov­ered at the house near Bal­ly­james­duff, in Co Ca­van, Ire­land.

Po­lice are be­lieved to be prob­ing the the­ory that Mr Hawe stabbed his wife to death be­fore he killed his three sons and then turned the knife on him­self.

It is be­lieved the hus­band and wife were found down­stairs at the house in Bar­coney, while the boys – Liam, 13, Niall, 11, and Ryan, six – were up­stairs in their bed­rooms.

Garda as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner John O’Driscoll said they are not look­ing for any­one else in con­nec­tion with the deaths.

“We be­lieve all the an­swers are within that house, so there­fore the most likely sce­nario is that one per­son in that house may have caused the death of the oth­ers,” he said.

“All the cir­cum­stances will be ex­plored, but as it stands at the mo­ment that is the po­si­tion.”


Mr Hawe was deputy prin­ci­pal at nearby Castler­a­han Na­tional School, which was due to start back af­ter the sum­mer break.

Niall and Ryan were both pupils at the school and Liam was a past pupil.

Mrs Hawe taught at Oris­town Na­tional School in Co Meath. Lo­cals said the fam­ily were out and about in the close-knit com­mu­nity on Sun­day and gave no in­di­ca­tion that any­thing was wrong be­fore the alarm was raised the fol­low­ing day.

Mr O’Driscoll said: “Noth­ing had hap­pened prior to this grim dis­cov­ery that gave rise to any­one – in­clud­ing An Garda Siochana – hav­ing any sus­pi­cion that any­thing was un­to­ward.”

It is be­lieved that a num­ber of ob­jects found in the house are be­ing sub­jected to “de­tailed tech­ni­cal ex­am­i­na­tion”.

FAM­ILY TRAGEDY: Alan Hawe with his three sons

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