|Pavinya, 19 months, and Nigash, three, who were attacked by their father at home, in Ilford, London, last April. They both died. Photograph: PA|
Nadarajah Nithiyakumar pleads guilty to manslaughter of son, three, and daughter, 19 months
A man has admitted slitting the throats of his two young children during lockdown. Nadarajah Nithiyakumar, 41, attacked his daughter Pavinya, aged 19 months, and three-year-old son Nigash at the family home in Ilford, east London, on 26 April.
The children’s mother, named locally as Nisa, was in the shower at the time of the killings and alerted the police. Pavinya was pronounced dead at the scene while Nigash was rushed to hospital in Whitechapel, London, where he also died.
Their father was taken to hospital for treatment for knife wounds. At his discharge, Nithiyakumar was charged with murdering the children.
In a police interview, Nithiyakumar, a shop worker, accepted that he had killed his daughter and son with a knife. He said he had been depressed, and 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 had previously heard.
On Thursday the defendant appeared before Mrs Justice Cutts at the Old Bailey in London. He pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter by diminished responsibility, which was accepted by the prosecution.
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