Only suspect in Co Westmeath car fire expected to be either charged or released this evening
22nd September 2022
A decision to charge or release the only suspect in the deaths of two children who died in a car fire in Co Westmeath is not expected to be made until this evening.
Thelma Dennany (5) and her two-year-old brother Mikey died in a car fire near Multyfarnham on September 9 which has been the subject of a criminal investigation.
A woman aged in her 40s was arrested in connection with the deaths yesterday and brought to Mullingar Garda Station where she was due to be detained overnight.
The suspect is being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and this means that she can be questioned for up to 24 hours but this time frame does not include rest periods or potential breaks in questioning for medical treatment.
“It could be well into the evening before a decision is made in this case,” a senior source said.
A suspect was identified in the case within hours of the tragedy and this person’s home has been searched and examined by officers as part of the probe.
Investigating officers strongly suspect the fatal car blaze was started maliciously.
The emergency services were alerted at about 4pm on Friday, September 9, when another road user came upon the burning car on a minor road at Lacken, between Coole and Multyfarnham.
Hundreds of mourners attended the funerals of Thelma and Mikey at St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford last week