Heartbroken parents don’t blame adopted son who stabbed his brothers 40 times

Jonathan and his two brothers Tom and Paddy
Jonathan and his two brothers Tom and Paddy

The heartbroken parents of tragically murdered nine-year-old twins Thomas 'Tom Tom' and Patrick 'Paddy' O’Driscoll say they don’t regret fostering 21-year-old Jonathan whose mental health problems led to the horrific murder suicide.

However, Thomas and Helen O'Driscoll appealed for greater support for mental health services to ensure no other family has to endure the horror of their loss.

Jonathan, who was fostered by the O'Driscolls as a three-day-old baby and then later adopted, fatally stabbed his brothers 40 times before taking his own life.

Jonathan developed mental health problems, including depression, paranoia and suspected psychosis.

Despite the tragedy, his parents said all three boys remained in their hearts.

"May God give my three boys a bed in heaven, my three little angels," Helen sobbed.

Helen O'Driscoll

"I would never turn back the pages - especially with Jonathan," Thomas said.

"All of our family are our pride and our joy. I will never forget the three boys - Jonathan, Paddy and Tom Tom - may they rest in peace forever," he said.

Both parents stressed that Jonathan deeply loved the twins - and would regularly spend all his money on his adored younger brothers.

Now, the couple want lessons to be learned from the tragedy that rocked the north Cork town of Charleville on September 4, 2014.

Helen pleaded for greater help for those with mental health problems.

"Oh God, yes, they do need more resources. I would strongly look for that - at the end of the day, it is your child and my child that walks through that door looking for help."

"I know that sometimes they may not show it, as we have seen here today with my young fella, but if they (people suffering with mental health issues) keep protesting (that something is wrong) they (the authorities) have to understand that something is behind it.

"I think they (mental health services) need to open up to that and they need to be supported in doing it."

Helen appealed for people with mental health issues to seek help.

"If there is anyone out there - boys and girls or adults - suffering from depression - please don't wait for their parents to be sick and broken-hearted like us.

"Go and find help, no matter what phone you pick up. Tell someone, no matter whether it is a friend or a family member. There is someone who will listen. There is help there," Helen said.

"For God's sake, before your parents end up like us - totally broken-hearted - get that bit of help while you are able.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this story the following organisation can help. The Samaritans (1850-609090), Console (1800-247247), Aware (01-661 7211) and Grow (1890-474474).