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Breakthrough Family of murdered mum Seema Banu express 'relief' after man arrested

'Signifcant resources' are being put into investigation

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Gardaí have arrested a man in connection
with the suspected murders of Seema Banu, her daughter Asfira Riza (11) and son Faizan Syed (6)

Gardaí have arrested a man in connection with the suspected murders of Seema Banu, her daughter Asfira Riza (11) and son Faizan Syed (6)

Gardaí have arrested a man in connection with the suspected murders of Seema Banu, her daughter Asfira Riza (11) and son Faizan Syed (6)

The family of Seema Banu, found dead with her two young children in their Dublin home, are "relieved" an arrest has been made this weekend.

Gardaí arrested a man early yesterday morning in connection with the suspected murders of Seema (37), her daughter Asfira Riza (11) and son Faizan Syed (6) at their home in Llewellyn Court, Ballinteer last month.

A family friend told the Sunday World yesterday that her family in India were glad to hear the investigation is progressing.

"At least knowing someone is arrested it's a relief," the friend said. "Seema's father who is very sick has been asking all the time for answers. Many of us haven't been sleeping thinking about it so this is a relief."

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Flowers left in front of the house where Seema and her two children died

Flowers left in front of the house where Seema and her two children died

Flowers left in front of the house where Seema and her two children died

The family are also relieved to know Seema's death is officially being treated as murder rather than suicide.

After the post mortems gardaí had confirmed the children were murdered but did not publicly announce Seema was killed saying the post mortem was inconclusive.

"She wouldn't take her life and her kids' lives. She loved her children and was looking forward to future," said the family friend.

He added the family were still upset that the funerals took place in Ireland rather than India.

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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.

Detectives on the investigation team met with people close to Seema last weekend to reassure them that significant resources were being put into the murder investigation and that the investigation was progressing.

They informed Seema's family in India that they had arrested a suspect yesterday but did not tell them who.

The complex investigation has involved analysing extensive CCTV footage and mobile phone data, gathering forensic evidence and seeking out translators who could translate recordings which are believed to be relevant to the investigation.

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They have also spoken at length with numerous people who knew Seema to build up a picture of her life.

Her husband Sameer told the Sunday World earlier this month that he wished he could turn back time to before the murders.

"If there was somehow, someway I could get everything back," Sameer said.

"If it was possible to go back to any time and just everything back - if was possible I would like to do it.

"If God gave me one wish, only one wish in my life, I want to go back and be with my family happy. I'm a human being who has no power to do that thing to make everything like it was.

If God could give me one wish and go back and be happy with my family. I wish it would go away like a bad nightmare."

Sameer chose to have the family buried in Dublin against the wishes of Seema's family back home in India who wanted them buried there.

The distraught family watched by video link as Sameer opened the coffins and kissed Seema and the children while crying before they were buried.

Sameer told the Sunday World he chose to have the family buried here due to Islamic tradition that people are buried in the place they die.

Sameer said that he intended to stay in Ireland as his wife dreamed of settling down here for the rest of her life and he felt burying his family here honoured that wish.

"My wife and my family when they came to Ireland they came to dream we would settle down so I will try my best to make their dream come true."

He said he wakes up everyday thinking his family are still with him.

"Everyday I think it's a nightmare and if I wake up everything will be like before," he said.

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