A father is to stand trial on charges of murdering his two sons. Sanjeev Chada (43) from Ballinkillen, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow was returned for trial at the Central Criminal Court after being formally served with the book of evidence.
He is facing charges of murdering his sons, Eoghan (10) and Ruairi (5) at Rosbeg, near Westport in Co Mayo on July 29th last.
The charges followed the discovery of the bodies of the two boys in a car boot after the vehicle had crashed into a stone wall.
The accused man appeared at Castlebar District Court today and sat in the body of the courtroom waiting for his case to be called.
His wife, Kathleen and two of her brothers sat at the rear of the court.
Detective Gary Walsh gave evidence of serving the book of evidence on Sanjeev Chada in Castlebar before the court sat.
Judge Mary Devins advised the defendant that if he was to rely on an alibi he would have to give written details of that alibi to the prosecution within 14 days.
Defence solicitor James Hanley told the court his client had been in receipt of legal aid since his initial appearance as he had no income.
Judge Devins granted legal aid for his trial and made the court order returning him for trial to the current sittings of the Central Criminal Court.
Sanjeev Chada did not speak during the brief hearing and sat with his head bowed throughout.
The hearing had been delayed earlier when it emerged that Sanjeev Chada was not in court when his case was called.
Superintendent Pat Diskin said he was disappointed that the accused man was not present as he was being taken to court by a Prison Service escort.
He apologised to Judge Devins. The judge noted that the court had sat at 10.30am and added: “This is one of the most serious cases to come before the court and the prison service can’t have this man in court on time.”