Twins and big sister killed in ‘violent incident’ as first pictures released

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A man allegedly stabbed a pair of twins and their older sister to death at their family home, as pictures of the victims have been released.

Eight-year-old twins Chelsea and Christy Cawley and their older sister Lisa Cash, 18, were attacked by a 25-year-old man said to be known to the victims, in Tallaght, Dublin in the early hours of Sunday morning, September 4.

Their mother, a woman in her 40s, was hospitalised but police in Ireland have said she has since been released.

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A garda spokesperson said in a fresh update this evening: "Gardaí in Tallaght continue to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Lisa Cash Christy and Chelsea Cawley at a residence in Rossfield Estate, Tallaght, on Sunday.

"Their mother, a woman in her 40s, has been released from hospital and is currently being supported by her family. The Family Liaison Officer continues to keep her updated as to the course of this investigation.

"Their brother, 14, remains in Tallaght University Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

"The scene remains preserved for a forensic examination by the Garda Technical Bureau.

"Post mortems will take place on the bodies of the deceased this afternoon and tomorrow by State Pathologist Dr Sally Anne Collis.

"The male in his early 20s arrested at the scene continues to be detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at Tallaght Garda Station."

The horrific scenes were witnessed by several locals, who described it as “shocking.”

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One man told the Irish Mirror how he heard screaming coming from the house and a female shouting “help me, help me.”

A window in the upstairs bedroom of the home was also smashed in during the incident.

Speaking from the scene this morning local Fianna Fail councillor Charlie O'Connor said the community was shocked by what happened.

He said: "I started getting calls early this morning and picked up what was going.

"I was deeply shocked, the community is shocked, we have to obviously think of the family and sympathise with the family, and hope they get all the support they need.

"I understand gardaí on the scene are also deeply shocked as you'd expect.

"Not only here in Rossfield but the wider Tallaght area, this is a real terrible tragedy."

The Coroner’s Office and the Office of the State Pathologist commented on the nature of the incident describing it as "violent, challenging and traumatic."

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