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Full post-mortems will be carried out today by Locum Assistant State Pathologist Dr Heidi Okkers, on the bodies of Seema Banu and her two children, Asfira (11) and Faizan (6). The bodies of the family were found at their home in Ballinteer earlier this week. Officially, An Garda Síochána are treating the deaths as unexplained. However, Garda sources say that the children were murdered.

Preliminary examinations of 37-year-old Seema Banu’s body proved inconclusive. The full post-mortems today are, therefore, crucial to the direction the Garda investigation will now take. Ms Banu’s body was found in a bedroom in the house. There was a note and a ligature at the scene.

The victim of an alleged serious assault earlier this year, Ms Banu and her family were already on the radar of Gardaí and social services as there were concerns for the family’s safety. A man was due to appear in court next April, charged with assault as a result of the alleged incident which occurred in May.

A man had been helping the Gardaí with their inquiries regarding the deaths of the mother and children. The man has not been arrested but has spoken to Gardaí at Dundrum Garda station, in the presence of his legal representative, on Wednesday evening and again on Thursday. No one has, as yet, been charged over the deaths.

A man in his 30s, who was known to the family, is said to be under 24-hour Garda surveillance. The Guards believe the man is a flight risk and they have fears for his well-being. They are asking for anyone with information about the deaths in Ballinteer to contact them.