A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Seema Banu and her children 1 month ago

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Seema Banu and her children

In a statement yesterday gardaí referred to Ms Banu’s death as murder for the first time.

The Gardaí investigating the death of Seema Banu and her two children at their home in Ballinteer last month arrested a man in his 30s yesterday morning.

The man in question is currently being held at Dundrum Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, where he can be questioned for up to 24-hours without charge. In the meantime, the investigations are ongoing.

According to the Irish Times, the arrested man, who is in his 30s, has lived in Dublin for many years, and has been a person of interest to gardaí since the murder investigation was commenced last month.

An investigation and murder probe was launched following the discovery of the bodies of Seema Banu (37), her son Faizan Syed (6) and daughter Asfira Riza (11) at their home in Rathfarnham in south Dublin on October 28.

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Gardaí strongly suspected from the outset of the investigation that Ms Banu and been murdered and her children’s lives taken by the same killer. A postmortem on the children’s remains confirmed somebody had murdered them using ligatures, while Ms Banu’s postmortem yielded more inconclusive results of how she had died.