Shopkeeper admits manslaughter after slitting throats of two children

Shopkeeper, 41, admits manslaughter after slitting the throats of his two children, aged three and 19 months, while his wife was in the shower before turning the knife on himself

  • Nadarajah Nithiyakumar, 41, attacked his daughter and son at home on April 26
  • Children’s mother, locally named Nisa, was in shower at time and alerted police
  • Nithiyakumar said he was depressed and had been ‘upset’ by customers in shop
  • He pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter by diminished responsibility

A shopkeeper has admitted to manslaughter after slitting the throats of his two young children, aged three and 19 months, while his wife was in the shower before turning the knife on himself. 

Nadarajah Nithiyakumar, 41, attacked his daughter Pavinya and son Nigash at the family home in Ilford, east London, during lockdown on April 26.

The children’s mother, named locally as Nisa, was in the shower at the time of the killings and alerted police.

Nadarajah Nithiyakumar (pictured with his son Nigash and the children’s mother), 41, has admitted to manslaughter after slitting the throats of his two young children

Pavinya (pictured left), aged 19 months, was pronounced dead at the scene while three-year-old Nigash (right) was rushed to hospital in Whitechapel but he also died

Pavinya, aged 19 months, was pronounced dead at the scene while three-year-old Nigash was rushed to hospital in Whitechapel but he also died.

Nithiyakumar required hospital treatment after causing a ‘very serious injury’ to himself during the knife attack, the court heard.

Upon being discharged, the shop worker was charged with murdering the children.

In a police interview, Nithiyakumar described to officers ‘in detail’ how he killed his children with a knife because he had wanted to take his own life and believed they would suffer without him.

He said he had been depressed and while working in a shop, customers had ‘upset him’.

He had thought about killing himself, but considered it would ‘ruin the children’s lives and they would go off the rails’, a court previously heard.

Assisted in the dock today by a Tamil interpreter, the defendant wore a dark blue hoodie and white shirt with a surgical mask as he appeared before Mrs Justice Cutts at the Old Bailey.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter by diminished responsibility, which was accepted by the prosecution.

Police at the scene in Ilford, east London, on April 26. Upon being discharged, the shop worker was charged with murdering the children

He remained expressionless as family members wept throughout the hearing in the well of the court.

Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay earlier told the court: ‘It is the prosecution case that he slit both of their throats. One died at the scene, one very shortly after in hospital.

‘The defendant also caused himself a very serious injury.

‘When he was interviewed, he told police he couldn’t manage himself, because he was depressed and whilst working in the shop customers had upset him. ‘His wife was in the shower at the time.’

He will return for sentence on a date to be fixed. 

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