Nadarajah Nithiyakumar Wiki – Nadarajah Nithiyakumar Biography
A shopkeeper who cut the throats of his two children and claimed that he was later admitted to a psychiatric hospital indefinitely.
Nadarajah Nithiyakumar, 41, killed 18-month-old Pavinya and her three-year-old brother Nigish while his wife was in the shower on April 26.
Their mother told Nisanthini: When she entered her bedroom and found her standing with a knife covered in blood, she said, ‘I cut the children’.
The delusional father told doctors that he was’ disappointed ‘at CVS Superstore in Hainault, Essex, that he suspected customers were trying to torture him and was’ followed by Scotland Yard.
When he finished his shift, he thought of ‘suicide’ and when Ilford returned to their small apartment at the Aldborough Parade, he decided to kill himself and his children.
The father believed that his children would be ‘naughty’ if they were left without a father, and they decided to end their lives before him.
The “quiet” and “compassionate” husband was while the unaware mother was in the bathroom and “releasing fear”, while the “quiet” and “compassionate” husband took two kitchen knives.
Later, Ms. Nithiyakumar was heard yelling: ‘My husband cut off my babies,’ at 5:17 p.m. before the police arrived at the address, he was found to be ‘hysterical’.
Infant Pavinya was announced dead on the spot, and Nigish was taken to London Royal Hospital, where she died two hours later.
During the attack, it was learned that Nithiyakumar was taken into an induced coma after being stabbed in his neck and chest with a third knife.
He survived the surgery and asked the officers how his wife and children were when he woke up and was arrested at the hospital on suspicion of murder.
The father later told the police ‘in detail’ how he killed his children with a knife as he believed they would suffer without him.
Assisted by a Tamil interpreter on the pier today, Nithiyakumar appeared in a dark blue hoodie and surgical mask.
He remained without expression throughout his sentence, admitting that he had killed twice due to reduced liability in an earlier hearing.
The prosecution was deemed less of an alternative to murder.
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson told the court, “On Sunday, April 26 of this year, the defendant killed his 18-month-old three-year-old children by slitting their throats due to the delusional disorder and without prior warning. A knife before trying to hurt yourself.
The defendant was 40 years old, born in September 1979 in Sri Lanka. In 1999, he came to this country where he was given first asylum and then citizenship.
He married his wife, who was there in 2012. He describes him as a very quiet and non-talkative man, but was unaware of any problems with money, drink, drugs, or mental health.
The witness said in his testimony that he would hide to him, that he would not talk to him, that he was very quiet and would not speak much.
He says he will share everything with him and not do the same. However, he was affectionate with [him] and his children.
She cooks, does housework, and besides her silence, she was a good husband.
The accused was working at the CVS Superstore in Hainault at the time. He had worked there for several years as he had previously worked for Tesco. ‘
Nithiyakumar had been known to mental health services since 2010 when he was prescribed antipsychotic medication but had ‘sporadic’ contact with them.
A decade before the tragedy he started believing he was being followed by Scotland Yard and ‘views about his sexuality’ had been formed by unknown adversaries.
The prosecutor said the father had described himself as ‘frustrated rather than angry’ when he became convinced that others were ‘gossiping’ about him after moving to the UK in 1999.
But he appeared ‘normal’ to those who saw him in the hours before the bloodbath and had no issues with shoppers.
The prosecutor went on: ‘His employer found him to be a calm and quiet individual. After the incident he was to refer to issues he had at Tesco following a prolonged absence in India, which involved a belief that others were gossiping about him.
‘The psychiatric report also reports that it was around that time, 2010, that he came to the attention of mental health services and was prescribed antipsychotic medication. His contact with mental health services was sporadic thereafter.
‘The defendant worked at the CVS Superstore on 26 April and appeared by those who saw him there to be his normal self.
‘Neither employers nor colleagues were aware of any issues between the defendant and customers that day.
‘He walked into the flat perfectly normally and again with no indication of the horror that was about to be unleashed within.’
It was a little over an hour later at 5.39pm that the owner of the shop next door, Mr Sivasthusanem, heard the sound of screaming coming from the flat, the court heard
‘He went to investigate and found the source of the screaming was the defendant’s wife.
‘She (Nithiyakumar’s wife) was at the time already seeking to call the emergency services.
‘She had seen the defendant standing with a knife in his hand and he said: “I’ve cut off the children”.
‘He said: ‘There’s a problem in my workplace. I’m going to die. Police are looking for me. If they get the children they will spoil them, that’s why I did this to the children.’
‘She was understandably and extremely distressed on the 999 call but she did say: “My husband cut my babies.” The police arrived at 5.37pm. They found Ms Nithiyakumar screaming and hysterical.
‘[The children] were lying on the bed. Each had suffered injuries to their necks.
‘There was a large amount of blood there and also in the shower cubicle which is where the knife was recovered. It was a kitchen knife with a blade of five to six inches.
‘Police and London Ambulance Service sought to provide treatment but despite extensive efforts on their part Pavinya was pronounced dead at the scene.
‘Her older brother was still alive with a cut to his neck from which air was escaping. Despite medical treatment at Royal London Hospital, Nigish was confirmed to be dead at 7.42pm that evening.
A post-mortem revealed that Nigish died from a slash wound to his neck which cut through the pharynx and larynx.
Pavinya suffered a similar injury which penetrated the trachea and left jugular vein.
Mr Atkinson said: ‘He told police he could not manage himself as he was depressed and stressed. He said while at work in the shop customers had upset him, an account which was not borne out by the CCTV.
‘He said on the way home he thought about killing himself. Due to his committing suicide they would drink alcohol and smoke cannabis.
‘He had therefore resolved to kill his children as well. He told police he had meant to kill them.’
The father said he felt that ‘60%’ of customers had been hell-bent on intruding on him by deliberately blowing ‘alcohol fumes’ on him when he was assessed by a psychiatrist.
Summing up Nith
iyakumar’s account of events leading up to the tragedy, Dr Nigel Blackwood wrote in a report: ‘He thought of killing himself – dying would be better than living. He thought if he died his children would be naughty, they would smoke cannabis, drink alcohol and become criminal offenders.
‘He therefore resolved to kill them. When his wife went into the shower he secured two knives from the kitchen and cut the throats of Pavinya and Nigish while they slept.
‘His wife came out of the bathroom and took one knife from him. He secured another knife, cut his own throat and stabbed himself in the chest.’
In a heartbreaking written statement read to the court, the mother remembered ‘perfect’ and ‘helpful’ Nigish and ‘playful’ Pavinya.
She said in full: ‘I feel very empty in life. I’m constantly thinking what the point of me living is. This has had a devastating impact on my life, losing my two beautiful children.
‘I never expected this incident to happen in my life and as a mother to outlive my children.
‘On the day I saw what he had done to them I couldn’t understand if it was a dream or a nightmare but those shocking images will never leave me.
‘After my children were born I was the happiest woman in the world. Every minute of time I spent with my kids. They were my happiest moments. They were both my world and I doted on them.
‘I spent all my time with them – even when I went to the toilet they would cry after me. Of course they loved their dad but they were very close to me.
‘Nigish was such an active boy, he had just started to speak and was going to be a very inspirational boy who could read nursery rhymes and the alphabet.
‘He would show such appreciation when we praised him, having such a lovely smile and personality. He was playful and loved to be outside playing and watching the buses go by. He was never in any trouble and was the perfect child.
‘He loved playing with his building blocks and toys. I so miss watching him play with his toys.
‘Pavinya was part of a twin I lost. She was a blessing and miracle. I was so worried during my pregnancy, and worried but relieved when she was born healthy.
‘I so loved my children. I wanted them to be happy and be their own heroes in whatever they did. I felt they were very clever for their age which made me very happy and proud.’
The court heard Nithiyakumar has been receiving treatment at the John Howard Centre where doctors have said he continues to show ‘very chronic delusions of persecution.’
Steven Perian, QC, defending, said the ‘tragedy’ had devastated the lives of both parents.
Passing sentence, Mrs Justice Cutts ruled the father’s ‘dangerousness’ was a result of his mental illness and said a prison sentence would be inappropriate
‘I accept the offences were highly specific but I cannot agree that this means the risk to others is low,’ Justice Cutts said.
‘Were your condition to go untreated and you found yourself in the same position again, the risk of harm to members of the public would likely be significant.
‘It is not yet known… How complete your recovery will be, although I note psychiatrists observe progress to date has been slow.
‘These offences were particularly grave and would were it not for your mental illness bear substantial sentences of imprisonment.
‘Your retained responsibility for these offences falls into the lowest category.
‘Successful treatment of that condition… Would also mean you were no longer dangerous.’
Nithiyakumar, of Ilford, admitted two counts of manslaughter.
He was sent to a psychiatric hospital for treatment indefinitely and will not be released until doctors deem it safe to do so.