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Ilford man sentenced for killing his two children

|News, Violent crime

Shop worker Nadarajah Nithiyakumar, 41, of Aldborough Road, Ilford, was sentenced today (10 December) at the Central Criminal Court for killing his two children, aged 18 months and 3 years, at their home on Sunday 26 April of this year.

Nithiyakumar told police after he was arrested that he returned home from work in the CVS Superstore in Hainault after having disagreements with customers and considered killing himself. He told them that his decision to kill his own children was because he thought his suicide would ‘ruin his children’s lives’. Evidence found there to be no such incidents at the shop that day and medical experts for both the prosecution and the defence agreed that Nithiyakumar was suffering from a psychotic mental illness at the time, which had not previously been diagnosed.

The CPS accepted Nithiyakumar’s plea to diminished responsibility manslaughter on the 5 November 2020. He was sentenced today to a hospital order under section 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983 and s41 restriction order under the same Act.

Devi Kharran, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS, said: “This was a tragic case in which a loving and devoted mother had her two children cruelly taken away from her. The man responsible for killing them was trusted to keep them safe and his wife had no reason to believe he was preparing to commit such awful crimes. She was in the shower at the time of this incident. She was completely unaware that he was at the time suffering from a delusional disorder which led him to take the terrible decision to kill his children, in a misguided attempt to protect them, before attempting to kill himself.

“The CPS accepted the views of three medical experts that he was clearly driven to this by a serious medical disorder. Throughout this case the prosecution and the police have supported the children’s mother through what have been very traumatic and difficult court proceedings. Our thoughts remain with her at this time.”

Notes to editors

  • Devi Kharran is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the pan-London homicide team at CPS London North

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