Father charged with murdering his two young children in Ilford

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LONDON: A father has been charged with murdering his two young children who had their throats cut at the family home. Pavinya Nithiyakumar, aged 19 months, and Nigash Nithiyakumar, who was three years old, were fatally wounded at their house in Aldborough Road North, Ilford, east London, on April 26.

Their father, Nadarajah Nithiyakumar, 40, was rushed to hospital with knife wounds and charged with murdering his daughter Pavinya and son Nigash on Friday after he was discharged on Thursday night. Police said he appeared in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Family group picture taken last September on Pabinya’s first birthday Nithin Kumar, wife Nishanthani, daughter Pabinya and son Nigish.

Opening inquests into the children’s deaths on Thursday, east London area coroner Graeme Irvine was told by an official the children had their throats cut on April 26.

Coroner’s officer Jean Smyth said Nigash died in hospital in Whitechapel at 7.42pm the same day after being rushed there by ambulance, while Pavinya was pronounced dead at the scene. Both children were identified by their mother, named locally as Nisa.

East London area coroner Graeme Irvine said: “I am satisfied in relation to both of these very, very sad deaths that an inquest is necessary. I am not going to fix a time for the inquest as I am aware there is an ongoing criminal investigation in relation to both of those deaths.

“It may well be that the criminal investigation will supersede the coroner’s investigation,” he further said while setting a review date for November 30 after formally opening the inquests.