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Ballinteer horror Family believe tragic mum Seema Banu was murdered at Ballinteer home

Heartbroken husband wanted wife and kids buried in Ireland

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Seema Banu with daughter Asfira Riza and young son Faizan Syed

Seema Banu with daughter Asfira Riza and young son Faizan Syed

Seema Banu with daughter Asfira Riza and young son Faizan Syed

The family of mother Seema Banu who was found dead in her Dublin home with her two young children last month strongly believe she was murdered and may travel to Ireland to seek answers.

Seema, her daughter Asfira Riza (11) and son Faizan Syed (six) were found strangled to death in their home in Llewellyn Court, Ballinteer, on Wednesday, October 28.

Gardaí have confirmed the children were murdered but have yet to publicly confirm Seema was also killed as they say the post mortem was inconclusive on how she sustained her fatal injuries.

However, the Sunday World has learned detectives are investigating her death in the same way they would a murder case.

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Mourners carrying the coffin of Asfira Syed, at the funeral of Seema Banu, her daughter Asfira Syed and son Faizan Syed, who were laid to rest in the Muslim burial section of Newcastle cemetery.

Mourners carrying the coffin of Asfira Syed, at the funeral of Seema Banu, her daughter Asfira Syed and son Faizan Syed, who were laid to rest in the Muslim burial section of Newcastle cemetery.

Mourners carrying the coffin of Asfira Syed, at the funeral of Seema Banu, her daughter Asfira Syed and son Faizan Syed, who were laid to rest in the Muslim burial section of Newcastle cemetery.

Gardaí have spoken to a person of interest in their inquiry as part of

the investigation and are also examining CCTV footage and mobile phone data.

The inquiry is made more difficult by the fact the family had been dead in their home for a number of days before they were found.

Seema’s family believe she was murdered and do not suspect she took her own life.

“The killer should be found and punished,” Seema’s brother Mohammed Ghassan told Indian media this week.

Seema and the children were buried in the Muslim section of Newcastle Cemetery in Dublin at an emotional ceremony on Friday afternoon.

Funeral

A number of investigating gardaí were present at the funeral.

Seema’s husband Sameer Syed broke down in tears as he opened the coffins of his family and kissed them before they were buried. Seema’s family in India wanted the remains brought home to them for burial but Sameer had final say on the arrangements as their next of kin and felt they should be buried in Ireland.

It is understood he wanted them buried here as in Islamic tradition people are generally buried in the place they die.

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Seema’s family were able to watch the ceremony through a live video feed organised by the Indian Embassy.

A family friend told the Sunday World they were distraught that they couldn’t have the funeral back in India and watching the live stream was very traumatic for them.

“The family are very upset that the funeral was in Ireland. It was very painful for them to watch.

“They had to accept that the funeral would take place in Ireland because they had no option.”

Appeal

The friend confirmed that Seema’s family believe she was murdered.

The family are now looking into the possibility that a family member will travel to Ireland from India to visit the grave and appeal for information in the case.

It is understood Seema’s parents are too elderly to travel but a younger family member may make the trip.

Sameer said he was too upset to discuss the case when the Sunday World spoke to him this week.

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