Inquest hears twin brothers died in ‘frenzied attack’

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The twins - Patrick and Thomas O'Driscoll - and the scene of their murder in Charleville in 2014
AN inquest has heard that two nine-year-old twin boys who died in a frenzied knife attack by their older brother sustained a total of 40 stab wounds each.

AN inquest has heard that two nine-year-old twin boys who died in a frenzied knife attack by their older brother sustained a total of 40 stab wounds each.

The bodies of twins Thomas and Paddy O’Driscoll and their older brother Jonathan, 21, were found dead in Charleville and Buttevant in Co Cork last September.

The twins were discovered with multiple fatal stab wounds in separate bedrooms at their Deerpark home on the Cork to Limerick road just a couple of hours after Jonathan had collected them from school.

The young boys had returned to third class at Banogue National School near their home in Charleville earlier that week.

At the Cork coroner’s inquest into the deaths of the three brothers, Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis, confirmed that each twin had suffered more than 40 stab wounds, many defensive in nature.

The stab wounds involved penetrating wounds to the aorta, jugular, heart and both lungs - and neither twin would have been able to survive the injuries.

The inquest has heard that Jonathan had a history of mental health problems, all of which dated from after a motor accident he was involved in back in November 2012.

The young man was also very down about the failure of a number of relationships with young women and took his own life after the attack.

The inquest heard he was also deeply frustrated at being unable to access full details of his birth family.