Sri Lankan woman, her two children found dead in Harrow maisonette In a tragic murder-suicide
A 33-year-old Sri Lankan woman and her two children were found dead in their home in Harrow, North West London, last week.
Police identified the woman as Jeyavanee Vageeswaran. Her two male children found dead beside her were aged five years and seven months respectively.
Police suspect that the two children were killed by their mother, who had later committed suicide. Jeyavanee’s husband Shakthivel Vageeswaran (36), an accountant had found the three dead bodies when he returned home after work last Thursday afternoon.
Police were called to the two-bedroom first floor maisonette around 5 pm on Thursday by the London Ambulance Services. When police officers arrived, the mother and her two children were pronounced dead by the medical team. Police are treating the two children’s deaths as murder. However, the woman’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
The post-mortem examination report had not been released at the time this edition went to the press.
The British media reported that neighbours spoke of a ‘happy and smiling’ family living at the address - who had only recently held a party to celebrate the birthday of their five year old son.
The couple’s second child was said by neighbors to have been just seven months old. Jeyavani would often be seen taking the children for walks in a local park.
Investigating police officers revealed that they were not seeking anyone else in connection with the triple deaths and were last investigating whether the mother had been suffering from post natal depression.
Two police officers stood guard outside the family home in Woodgrange Close as neighbors spoke of their shock at news of the deaths.
‘They were a happy and smiling family,’ said one neighbour. ‘ The father would go off to work in the morning and we heard that it was he who discovered the bodies when he came home from work on Thursday evening, the reports said.
‘We heard that the met and fell in love in Sri Lanka before coming to this country some ten years ago. It is a terrible tragedy and people cannot believe that those lovely little boys are dead’, the neighbors were quoted as saying.
Another neighbour added: ‘She was on maternity leave from her job, but I don’t know what she did. He worked in accountancy and would drive to work in their car each day and return at about 5.30 pm.
‘We were invited to their son’s fifth birthday party a couple of months ago and my mother commented on how clever the little boy was. She seemed like a good mother and would call her children ‘Baby’. She would say to her older son: ‘’Say Hello to the woman, Baby. He was a sweet boy".
‘My mum saw the father in the street last night and he looked so upset. He was with relatives and one of the men was crying.’
Local Councillor Reg Colwill, who represents the local Kenton ward, said: ‘If it’s accurate that the woman took her own life she must have been at her wits’ end and didn’t ask for help, or didn’t get the help she asked for. It’s two young children… it’s very sad.’
Police said officers were called by London Ambulance Service to the address after reports of a woman and two children with injuries.
However, when they arrived the three were pronounced dead by medical staff while a post-mortem examination took place at Northwick Park Mortuary, the reports said.
The house in which the woman and two children were found dead was bought by 36-year-old accountant Vageswaran in July 2007 for £207,000.
The property is a small two bedroomed first floor maisonette in a cul-de-sac close to Woodcock Park and the couple tried to sell the property two years ago for £215,000 but it was later taken off the market, they said.
Companies House records reveal that Vageswaran has spent the past three years running the Vaasi Accountancy Ltd firm.
Vageswaran – known as Vaaki – was born in the northern Tamil region of Valvettiturai in Sri Lanka. He studied at the Hartley College in the coastal town of Point Pedro before moving to the UK around ten years ago where he studied at London’s South Bank University.
He initially lived in Colindale before moving to Edgware and finally settling with his wife in Harrow six years ago.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Officers were called at approximately 5.20 pm on Thursday, January 10 by London Ambulance Service to an address in Woodgrange Close, according to British media reports.