Kitchen knife used in murder suicide tragedy
LITTLE Brandon Skeffington was stabbed to death by his older brother with a long blade kitchen knife.
Brandon (9) and Shane Skeffington (20) are expected to be laid to rest together after the tragic case of murder-suicide in Co Sligo.
Brandon was killed by his older brother Shane at their family home - and could be laid to rest beside the big brother he adored, according to a family friend.
"The family are waiting for the boys' remains to be released but they hope to have the funeral on Thursday or Friday," he said.
A post mortem examination by deputy State pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis has confirmed that the nine-year-old boy was struck forcibly in the chest with the knife.
Gardai believe that Shane attacked Brandon with the knife after a row broke out between them over a video game.
Gardai have recovered what they believe to have been the knife used in the attack and this is now being examined by forensic experts.
A second post mortem on his older brother confirmed that he died tragically shortly after he stabbed his younger sibling.
Investigating officers have also spoken to the boys' sister Sharon (15), who was in their home at Banada, Turlestrand, near Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, when the double tragedy took place on Sunday evening.
But she said she was unaware of the incidents until her parents arrived home from an afternoon's shopping in the town, and found the little boy's body on the first floor landing of their house.
Shane Scanlon Snr and his wife Carmel initially checked outside the house when Brandon did not answer their calls after they had arrived home, before making the grim find inside.
Minutes later the body of their eldest son Shane Jnr was discovered in the shed behind the family home.
The funeral mass for the two brothers is expected to take place at the church in Tourlestrane before burial at the nearby cemetery in Rue later this week.
As the heartbroken Skeffington family finalised funeral arrangements for their two sons, Brandon was remembered as a popular youngster who loved playing with his toy cars.
Lorcan Brennan, principal of Banada National School where Brandon has just completed third class, said parents and teachers at the tiny rural school had been left shattered by the death.