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'Bad nightmare' Husband of Seema Banu says he wishes he could turn back time after deaths of wife and kids

If God gave me one wish - only one wish in my life - I want to go back and be with my family happy"

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Distraught Sameer Syed (kneeling) at the funerals of Seema Banu (37), her daughter Affira (11) and her son Faizan (6)

Distraught Sameer Syed (kneeling) at the funerals of Seema Banu (37), her daughter Affira (11) and her son Faizan (6)

Distraught Sameer Syed (kneeling) at the funerals of Seema Banu (37), her daughter Affira (11) and her son Faizan (6)

THE husband of Seema Banu who was strangled to death with her two children in their Dublin home has said he wishes he could turn back time and be with his family and be happy.

Seema (37), her daughter Asfira Riza (11) and son Faizan Syed (6) were found strangled to death in their home in Llewellyn Court Ballinteer on Wednesday last week.

Gardai said the children were murdered but have yet to formally confirm how Seema sustained her fatal injuries but are examining the possibility she was murdered.

This week’s Seema’s husband Sameer Syed broke his silence over the deaths to speak to the Sunday World.

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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

Sameer broke down in tears on several occasions during our interview as he explained:

  • He wishes he could turn back time to before the murders;
  • He plans to stay in Ireland as it was his Seema’s wish to settle here;
  • He wakes up every day thinking his family’s deaths were just a horrible nightmare;
  • He had his family buried here rather than India due to Islamic tradition

“If there was somehow, someway I could get everything back - if it was possible to go back in time and just get 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.”

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. I get up and think it’s just some bad dream. I get up and think things are back to normal. I talk to my wife and kids everyday,” Sameer said as he broke down in tears. “They are with me.”

Seema and the children were buried in the Newcastle Cemetery in Co. Dublin in small ceremony last Friday week where Sameer cried as he opened their coffins and kissed them goodbye before the were buried.

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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.

The funerals were live-streamed back to India where Seema’s family watched on a big screen in their local village.

Her family had said they were upset they weren’t able to bring the bodies back to India to be buried.

Sameer told the Sunday World that it was Islamic tradition for someone to be buried in the place they die.

“I’m happy that the Ambassador helped us to do the live stream.

“Everybody from her family and my family were able to join together and pray for my family.

“There is a lot of Sharia (Islamic law). I personally check with the - I don’t know the word is in English - we discussed with the Imam and followed the religious teachings. I just don’t have words.”

Seema and the children only moved to Ireland last February after Sameer got a job working as a software developer. They had lived apart for a time Seema and the kids lived in India and Sameer was abroad.

Sameer said that he intends to stay in Ireland as his wife dreamed of settling down for the rest of her life here 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 [here] so I will try my best to make their dream come through

“Apart from the Sharia it was my wife’s dream to settle here and that’s why I did the ceremony here.

“She was very happy I think. We had a short time (in Ireland).”

He said he understands how difficult it is for Seema’s family back in India.

“I understand the pain must be very difficult for my wife’s family and my family and everybody,” he said as he broke down crying.

“There is no words to explain the pain. It’s very, very painful.”

Sameer added that his life has changed forever.

“My everything is gone. It is not only for a few weeks but all my life left. My future life is different.

“People say their life can change at any moment. My life has completely changed. I don’t know what words to say.

“From my pain I can also understand how much pain my wife’s family has, how much pain my family has and how much pain my friends have.”

He said he hopes his wife and children are now at peace.

“I want them to be at peace. I’m going through a lot of tragedy now.

“I don’t have words to explain what I’m going through. I’m sorry but whatever you do you cannot prepare yourself for this.”

Asked if there was any tribute he wanted to make to his children he said: “I don’t know the words to tell .Even if I wanted to tell them I love them, I care about them, they love me they care about me, they are very small words but to tell how happy family and loving family, I don’t have words to tell.

“I just hope no family has to go through this tragedy.”

He thanked all those who had offered support.

“God give everybody patience and thank you to everybody. Pray for my family.

“There are no human words to say what I feel inside and what my heart is feeling, there are no human words.

“To say it is very painful and a tragedy, they are very small words. What I’m feeling is a thousand, million times beyond tragedy and pain. There is no words.

"Tragedy and painful are small words – very small words. They are very low human words to explain what I am going through, what my family are going through and what my wife’s family are going through.

“I just ask everybody to pray for my family. No family should have this.”

He said he wanted to thank people in India and Ireland who have been a great support.

“People are very good. Everybody has been a great help and I am thankful to everybody. I want to say thank you to everybody supporting including the Ambassador, the Gardai, the Dublin Mosque and everybody who supported us through this time.

“I also want to thank my parents and my family and my wife’s family who also helped me in a bad situation and understand my pain also and for being part of the ceremony.”

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