Family of woman and her two kids who died tragically say pain is 'constant'

By Paul Healy

The family of a woman and her two children who died tragically say their pain is “constant” as the first anniversary of their deaths approaches.

The bodies of Seema Banu, 37, her daughter Asfira, 11, and son Faizan, 6, were discovered at their home in Llewellyn Court, Rathfarnham in South Dublin, on October 28 last year.

Ms Banu’s husband Sameer Syed, 37, the children’s father, is due to go on trial next summer, charged with their murder.

Ahead of the first anniversary of their deaths, Ms Banu’s cousin exclusively issued a family statement to this paper.

“It’s been one year since they passed away, but the pain in our hearts has remained constant,” they said.

“We are going through a lot of pain by losing our precious gems of our family.

“Our hearts are not going to forget them till our last breath.”

The family, who are based in India, also spoke of their pain at being unable to attend the burials of their loved ones last year.

“We tried hard to see them one last time, but we couldn’t see them for the last time,” they added.

Seema’s family had previously said they wanted the remains taken back to India to give them a burial in their native country.

But the three were buried in Ireland at the Muslim Cemetery in Newcastle, west Dublin, with Mr Syed, who had at that stage not been arrested, attending.

Ms Banu, who was from India, lived in the house in Llewellyn Court with her two children.

Their bodies were found after residents became concerned when they hadn’t been seen in several days and alerted gardaí.

At a previous court hearing, Counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions, Brendan Grehan, told Mr Justice Michael White at the Central Criminal Court that the matter had just been returned for trial.

Mr Grehan said the District Court had made certain orders in light of a Court of Appeal ruling, but those orders no longer applied due to a change in the law.

“There is no impediment to them being named,” he added.

Mr Justice White said in that case he did not need to make any order.

Mr Syed, of Grosvenor Lodge, Rathmines, Dublin 6, had been charged with three counts of murder at Dun Laoghaire District Court on November 30 last year.

Arresting officer Det Sgt John White told Judge Ann Watkin that reporting restrictions under Section 252 of the Children Act applied because two of the deceased were juveniles.

Judge Watkin reminded the media at the that reporting restrictions applied and a subsequent attempt by the media to have them lifted was unsuccessful.

That ruling no longer applies and the deceased can once again be named.

Defence counsel Roisin Lacey SC told Mr Justice White that there was a considerable amount of material in the case.

Mr Grehan said that other material could become available from abroad, which might lengthen the trial.


What is inkl?

Important stories

See news based on value, not advertising potential. Get the latest news from around the world.

Trusted newsrooms

We bring you reliable news from the world’s most experienced journalists in the most trusted newsrooms.

Ad-free reading

Read without interruptions, distractions or intrusions of privacy.