Ireland has been shocked by the stabbing of a teenage girl and her 8-year-old twin siblings – allegedly carried out by their adult brother, who threw the two younger victims out the window.
Murder is rare in Ireland, and the brutality of the Dublin triple homicide and the age of the victims drew the attention of top officials, with Taoiseach Micheál Martin saying it “left the entire nation shocked and very, very sad”.
Police have charged Andy Cash, 24, with three murders. He appeared in court late Monday and replied “no comment” to each charge. Authorities have not released a motive, but Cash reportedly threatened the family in the past.
Witnesses told local reporters that a 14-year-old boy jumped out of a window to escape the frenzied attack and raised the alarm about the carnage unfolding inside the house.
Lisa Cash, 18, and brother and sister Christy and Chelsea Cawley were all stabbed multiple times; Cash was found at the bottom of a staircase and the twins were thrown from one of the smashed windows, the Irish Independent reported.
A baby inside was not injured and the children’s mother, Margaret “Twink” Cash McDonagh, was apparently not home at the time.
According to The sun, McDonagh sobbed openly Tuesday night during a church prayer service for her children. The siblings will be buried together after a funeral on Friday.
Ireland’s top agent said officers responding to the scene – where they struck a standoff with Cash before storming the house and arresting him – were traumatized by the violence.
“I’ve spoken to some guards who responded initially, and it has to be said, it’s just one of the worst incidents I’ve heard on my duty,” Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said.
“We have arranged appropriate support for them, but we also recognize the trauma the local community has suffered and that should not be underestimated. We are very much there to support and reassure the community.”