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Life Sentence Kathleen Chada says she will 'ultimately lose' fight against ex-husband's parole

Kathleen Chada’s sons Eoghan (10) and Ruairi (5) were murdered by their father Sanjeev in Co. Mayo in 2013.

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Kathleen Chada with a photograph of her sons Eoghan and Ruari Chada. Main picture by Dylan Vaughan

Kathleen Chada with a photograph of her sons Eoghan and Ruari Chada. Main picture by Dylan Vaughan

Kathleen Chada with a photograph of her sons Eoghan and Ruari Chada. Main picture by Dylan Vaughan

A woman whose two sons were murdered by her ex-husband has said that she believes she will “ultimately lose” her fight against his parole.

Kathleen Chada’s sons Eoghan (10) and Ruairi (5) were murdered by their father Sanjeev in Co. Mayo in 2013.

She was speaking after Freedom of Information figures revealed to Newstalk showed that only 11 prisoners serving a life sentence in Ireland have been behind bars for more than 35 years.

Last year, 14 ‘lifers’ were released after spending an average of 21-and-a-half years in custody.

Ms Chada said that Sanjeev has previously applied for parole, and added that the process is constantly “hanging over” her.

“It did start at seven years, it now starts at twelve years effectively,” she explained on Lunchtime Live today.

“So, the family - me and my family - we had to deal with that a year and a half ago when Sanjeev did make an application for parole at seven years.

“I know that in three and a half years time, probably less than that, that process will start again.

“And I know that, even though I'm confident that he will not be given parole at 12 years, the process will have started and therefore I will still be engaged in that every two years, every three years.

“It's always there, it is hanging over you all the time.

“I don't allow it to impact on my life on a day-to-day basis, because I can't live my life that way. But it is always, always there so you're constantly looking forward."

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Sanjeev Chada. Photo: Frank McGrath

Sanjeev Chada. Photo: Frank McGrath

Sanjeev Chada. Photo: Frank McGrath

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She said that she’s fighting on behalf of her sons but believes it’s a fight that she won’t win.

She continued: “We're living in this world where it's unknown to us... so you're kind of thrown into it.

“And you navigate it the best way that you possibly can... I talk about this as being a fight, this is my fight on behalf of Eoghan and Ruairi. But it's a fight I will ultimately lose.

“I know that there will come a point in time where he will walk out of the doors of the prison.

“And for me, personally, if he is not serving that sentence behind a prison wall - it's not being served. It would be an awful lot easier for me to know that my ex-husband was going to serve 'X' number of years in prison."

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