Brentford ‘murder-suicide’: Boy, 3, and mother could have been dead for up to two weeks


A mother and her three-year-old son could have been dead for up to two weeks before their bodies were found yesterday in a suspected murder suicide.

Police believe Poorna Kaameshwari Sivaraj, 36, and son Kailash Kuha Raj had been ‘dead for some time’ after they had not been heard from or seen since September 21.

Officers forced their way into the family’s fourth-floor flat in Brentford, West London, in the early hours of yesterday after concerns were raised for their welfare.

Mrs Sivaraj’s husband Kuha Raj Sithamparanathan, 42, is thought to have stabbed himself when police broke in and was treated by paramedics before dying there.

His wife and son were already dead, and their pet black cockapoo dog had been killed. Detectives are not looking for anybody in connection with the deaths.

Officers found the bodies of Poorna Kaameshwari Sivaraj, 36, and three-year-old son Kailash Kuha Raj (pictured together) at the flat in Brentford, West London, at 1am yesterday

Officers found Kuha Raj Sithamparanathan (pictured), 42, suffering from stab wounds after breaking into the home. He was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene

Officers found Kuha Raj Sithamparanathan (pictured), 42, suffering from stab wounds after breaking into the home. He was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene

The couple were Malaysian-born Tamils who wed in Kuala Lumpur in 2015 (pictured)

The couple were Malaysian-born Tamils who wed in Kuala Lumpur in 2015 (pictured)

Scotland Yard officers initially received a call late on Sunday from a family member raising concerns about the welfare of Mrs Sivaraj.

They went to the home several times in the following hours but got no reply, and fears heightened after speaking to neighbours on Monday so they forced entry. 

The bodies were found at 1am yesterday. Neighbours said the couple, Malaysian-born Tamils who wed in Kuala Lumpur in 2015, were frequently heard arguing.

One local resident, who lives on the sixth floor of their block, said: ‘Things got really bad between them, especially during the lockdown.

‘They are one of the few couples with a young child in our block and you could hear the screaming at each other, sometimes for very long periods. One day she threw his stuff out of the window and told him to take his medicine.’

  • William Algar, 53, Jan-03, Barnes
  • Takieddine Boudhane, 30, Jan-03, Finsbury Park
  • Krasimir Kartikov, 60, Jan-13, Croydon
  • Harinder Kumar, 22, Jan-19, Seven Kings
  • Narinder Singh, 26, Jan-19, Seven Kings
  • Baljit Singh, 34, Jan-19, Seven Kings
  • Tahereh Pirali-Dashti, 40, Jan-20, Barnet
  • Beverley Denahy, 61, Jan-22, Chingford
  • Unnamed man, 60s, Jan-24, Clapton
  • Louis Johnson, 16, Jan-27, Croydon
  • Eraj Seifi, 46, Jan-29, Queens Park
  • Unnamed man, 33, Feb-12, North Finchley
  • James Dowdell, 54, Feb-17, Chelsea
  • Sundeep Ghuman, 36, Feb-18, Thamesmead
  • Lennox Nigel Alcendor, 42, Feb-21, Cricklewood
  • Li-Qing Wang, 35, Feb-25, Waltham Forest
  • Tyler Roye, 24, Feb-26, Croydon
  • Archie Beston, 19, Feb-29, Kingston
  • Asante Campbell, 24, Feb-29, Hendon
  • David Siirak, 27, Mar-01, Hillingdon
  • Shanur Ahmed, 16, Mar-03, Newham
  • Ricardo Fuller, 24, Mar-07, Ilford
  • Vanita Nowell, 68, Mar-08, Southwark
  • Damani Mauge, 17, Mar-08, Croydon
  • Cameron Murfitt, 18, Mar-15, Greenwich
  • Tracey Kidd, 57, Mar-17, Hackney
  • Shadika Mohsin Patel, 40, Mar-19, Newham
  • Abdullahi Mahmoud, 29, Mar-19, Enfield
  • Stefan Melnyk, 54, Mar-22, Acton
  • Kelly Stewart, 41, Mar-26, Barking
  • Tomas Macionis, 35, Mar-31, Walthamstow
  • Sonia Teresa Burton Calvi, 56, Apr-01, Stockwell
  • Edgar Aguilera Daza, 59, Apr-01, Stockwell
  • Maryan Ismail, 57, Apr-06, Edmonton
  • Ralph Gibson, 42, Apr-15, Putney
  • Denise Michelle Keane-Barnett-Simmons, 26, Apr-16, Brent
  • Mark Baker, 62, Apr-19, Walthamstow
  • Jay John, 27, Apr-25, Hackney
  • Baljit Singh, 37, Apr-25, Hayes
  • Pavinya Nithiyakumar, 1, Apr-26, Ilford
  • Nigish Nithiyakumar, 3, Apr-26, Ilford
  • David Gomoh, 24, Apr-26, Newham
  • Anthony Rooks, 79, May-04, Holloway
  • Yonas Haile, 32, May-05, Hammersmith
  • Francois Kablan, 19, May-13, Southwark
  • Jemal Ebrahim, 23, May-13, Haringey
  • Chad Gordon, 27, May-18, Haringey
  • Oluwamayowa Adeymi, 21, Jun-05, Hackney
  • Nicole Smallman, 27, Jun-07, Wembley
  • Bibaa Henry, 46, Jun-07, Wembley
  • Alexander Kareem, 20, Jun-08, Shepherd’s Bush
  • Unnamed woman, 50s, Jun-10, Lewisham
  • Mihai Gae, 48, Jun-13, Hornsey
  • Kyle Kelson, 25, Jun-19, North Cheam
  • Wayne Hoskyns, 41, Jun-19, Bexley
  • Steve Morrison, 30, Jun-23, Epping
  • Sayagi Sivanantham, 5, Jun-30, Mitcham
  • Imani Allaway-Muir, 22, Jul-04, Islington
  • Khloemae Loy, 23, Jul-05, Greenwich
  • Donnell Rhule, 18, Jul-08, Dulwich
  • Muhammed Samir Uddin, 19, Jul-10, Poplar
  • Jahreau Shepherd, 30, Jul-11, Kennington
  • Dean Edwards, 43, Jul-12, Penge
  • Ahmed Yasin-Ali, 18, Jul-15, Maida Vale
  • Billy McCullagh, 27, Jul-16, Harlesden
  • Peter Petrou, 37, Jul-16, Kilburn
  • Skender Ismaili, 30, Jul-17, Enfield
  • Glenroy Joseph, 60, Jul-20, Ealing
  • Elias Biad, 5m, Jul-22, Wembley
  • Stella Frew, 38, Jul-24, Sutton
  • Frank Bulbrook, 34, Jul-24, Chislehurst
  • Abraham Haile, 56, Jul-28, Camden
  • Christopher George, 26, Jul-29, Enfield
  • Nathan Mitra, 32, Jul-30, Hounslow
  • Therasia Gordon, 44, Aug-06, Enfield
  • Esther Egbon, 30, Aug-08, Dagenham
  • Jeremy Meneses-Chalarca, 17, Aug-08, Westminster
  • Jeffrey Wegbe, 26, Aug-12, Kilburn
  • Dylan Freeman, 10, Aug-16, Acton
  • Salem Koudou, 20, Aug-20, Stockwell
  • Yassar Mustakim Moussa, 37, Aug-24, Walthamstow
  • Daniel Bytyci, 18, Aug-26, Pinner
  • Anthony Adekola, 22, Sep-05, Colindale
  • Sean Williams, 34, Sep-06, Lewisham
  • Suzanne Winnister, 66, Sep-08, Bexley
  • Anthony Higgins, 62, Sep-12, Wembley
  • Nahid Ahmed, 26, Sep-13, Enfield
  • John Avers, 47, Sep-13, Dagenham
  • Jaden Christie, 20, Sep-15, Stockwell
  • Kamal Nuur, 18, Sep-14, Islington
  • Loeike Guei, 23, Sep-17, Mitcham
  • Matt Ratana, 54, Sep-25, Croydon
  • Patrick Gomes De’Almeida, 25, Oct-01, Morden
  • Kailash Kuha Raj, 3, Oct-06, Brentford
  • Poorna Kaameshwari Sivaraj, 36, Oct-06, Brentford
Scotland Yard forced entry into the fourth-floor flat in Brentford (pictured yesterday)

Scotland Yard forced entry into the fourth-floor flat in Brentford (pictured yesterday)

A forensic officer at the scene of the triple death in West London yesterday afternoon

A forensic officer at the scene of the triple death in West London yesterday afternoon

Fahad Alsharamy, who lives next door to the family, said: ‘In lockdown they fought a bit but it’s normal for families. But for one week it has been very quiet.

‘He was a nice guy and good man, quiet and cared about his family. I spoke to them and they were friendly and they would say hello all the time.’

More neighbours paid tribute to the ‘lovely’ family as they expressed their shock at the news.

One, who gave her name as Jamila and lives in a neighbouring block, told MailOnline: ‘It’s tragic. They loved their dog and I’d see them all the time taking him out for walks.

‘They were a lovely family. The officers told me that there was blood all over the flat and that the dog had also been killed.’

The couple, who married in Kuala Lumpar in 2015 (pictured), also owned a pet cockapoo dog

The couple, who married in Kuala Lumpar in 2015 (pictured), also owned a pet cockapoo dog

Police said that Poorna (pictured on her wedding day in 2015) and son Kailash 'had not been seen or heard from for some time'

Police said that Poorna (pictured on her wedding day in 2015) and son Kailash ‘had not been seen or heard from for some time’

Police said the family’s next of kin have been informed and post-mortem examinations are scheduled to begin tomorrow.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘Although we are in the infancy of this investigation is appears that Poorna and Kailash had been dead for some time.

‘This is a murder investigation and my team will work diligently to establish the sequence of events that led to their murders and the death of Kuha Raj Sithamparanathan.

‘Our initial enquiries have established that Poorna and Kailash had not been seen or heard from for some time, perhaps since around September 21.

A forensic officer leaves Golden Mile House in Brentford yesterday following the discovery

A forensic officer leaves Golden Mile House in Brentford yesterday following the discovery

A Metropolitan Police officer wears a face mask outside the home in Brentford yesterday

A Metropolitan Police officer wears a face mask outside the home in Brentford yesterday

‘We know the family often walked their dog, a poodle cross breed, in and around the local area and I would ask anyone who saw them at any time in the last month to contact police so we can begin to build a full picture of their lives.’

The Directorate of Professional Standards has made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct because Mr Sithamparanathan is thought to have killed himself when officers entered.

DCI Harding added: ‘I know I speak on behalf of all the officers in my team that words cannot sufficiently sum up the devastation that this horrific incident will have on the families of those involved.

‘However, I can reassure them that we will do all we can to provide them with the answers they need about what has happened here.’

Anyone with information that could help the investigation can contact the incident room on 0208 721 4205 or via 101 quoting CAD7365/4Oct. Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

WHERE THE 95 MURDERS IN LONDON DURING 2020 HAVE BEEN COMMITTED 
# NAME AGE DATE INCIDENT TIME STREET LOCATION
1 William Algar 53 Jan-03 4.57pm Nowell Road Barnes
2 Takieddine Boudhane 30 Jan-03 6.50pm Charteris Road Finsbury Park
3 Krasimir Kartikov 60 Jan-13 8.50am Whitehorse Road Croydon
4 Harinder Kumar 22 Jan-19 7.38pm Elmstead Road Seven Kings
5 Narinder Singh 26 Jan-19 7.38pm Elmstead Road Seven Kings
6 Baljit Singh 34 Jan-19 7.38pm Elmstead Road Seven Kings
7 Tahereh Pirali-Dashti 40 Jan-20 11.50am Henlys Corner Barnet
8 Beverley Denahy 61 Jan-22 11.35pm Waverley Avenue Chingford
9 Unnamed man 60s Jan-24 11.29pm Mount Pleasant Lane Clapton
10 Louis Johnson 16 Jan-27 4.45pm East Croydon station Croydon
11 Eraj Seifi 46 Jan-29 2.44pm Bravington Road Queens Park
12 Unnamed man 33 Feb-12 3.20pm High Road North Finchley
13 James Dowdell 54 Feb-17 6.50pm St Marks Grove Chelsea
14 Sundeep Ghuman 36 Feb-18 8.00pm HMP Belmarsh Thamesmead
15 Lennox Nigel Alcendor 42 Feb-21 6.45am Anson Road Cricklewood
16 Li-Qing Wang 35 Feb-25 11.52am Magnolia Close Waltham Forest
17 Tyler Roye 24 Feb-26 0.15am Stroud Green Way Croydon
18 Archie Beston 19 Feb-29 3.40am Wood Street Kingston
19 Asante Campbell 24 Feb-29 9.00pm Parson Street Hendon
20 David Siirak 27 Mar-01 5.10pm Pield Heath Road Hillingdon
21 Shanur Ahmed 16 Mar-03 8.38am Atlantis Avenue Newham
22 Ricardo Fuller 24 Mar-07 5.05am Ilford High Road Ilford
23 Vanita Nowell 68 Mar-08 6.30am Blakes Road Southwark
24 Damani Mauge 17 Mar-08 8.30pm Whitehorse Lane Croydon
25 Cameron Murfitt 18 Mar-15 3.30pm Woolwich Common Greenwich
26 Tracey Kidd 57 Mar-17 4.45pm Charnwood Street Hackney
27 Shadika Mohsin Patel 40 Mar-19 12.45am Barking Road Newham
28 Abdullahi Mahmoud 29 Mar-19 4.35pm Hertford Road Enfield
29 Stefan Melnyk 54 Mar-22 12.50pm Salisbury Street Acton
30 Kelly Stewart 41 Mar-26 3.09pm Barking Road Barking
31 Tomas Macionis 35 Mar-31 10.55pm Alexandra Road Walthamstow
32 Sonia Teresa Burton Calvi 56 Apr-01 4.00pm Dorset Road Stockwell
33 Edgar Aguilera Daza 59 Apr-01 4.00pm Dorset Road Stockwell
34 Maryan Ismail 57 Apr-06 6.04pm Plevna Road Edmonton
35 Ralph Gibson 42 Apr-15 5.35pm Huntingfield Road Putney
36 Denise Michelle Keane-Barnett-Simmons 26 Apr-16 2.15am Alric Avenue Brent
37 Mark Baker 62 Apr-19 11.57pm Peacock Close Walthamstow
38 Jay John 27 Apr-25 12.25pm Trinity Close Hackney
39 Baljit Singh 37 Apr-25 10.56pm Station Road Hayes
40 Pavinya Nithiyakumar 1 Apr-26 5.30pm Aldborough Road North Ilford
41 Nigish Nithiyakumar 3 Apr-26 5.30pm Aldborough Road North Ilford
42 David Gomoh 24 Apr-26 10.25pm Freemasons Road Newham
43 Anthony Rooks 79 May-04 7.20pm Dalmeny Road Holloway
44 Yonas Haile 32 May-05 7.50pm Fulham Palace Road Hammersmith
45 Francois Kablan 19 May-13 5.28pm Great Dover Street Southwark
46 Jemal Ebrahim 23 May-13 8.13pm Russell Road Haringey
47 Chad Gordon 27 May-18 8.22pm Wiltshire Gardens Haringey
48 Oluwamayowa Adeymi 21 Jun-05 11.30pm Brackenfield Close Hackney
49 Nicole Smallman 27 Jun-07 1.08pm Slough Lane Wembley
50 Bibaa Henry 46 Jun-07 1.08pm Slough Lane Wembley
51 Alexander Kareem 20 Jun-08 0.40am Askew Road Shepherd’s Bush
52 Dawn Bennett 58 Jun-10 9.00pm Lewisham Way Lewisham
53 Mihai Gae 48 Jun-13 11.58pm Waldegrave Road Hornsey
54 Kyle Kelson 25 Jun-19 1.12am Brocks Drive North Cheam
55 Wayne Hoskyns 41 Jun-19 4.18pm The Parade Bexley
56 Steve Morrison 30 Jun-23 8.00pm Epping Road Epping
57 Sayagi Sivanantham 5 Jun-30 4.00pm Monarch Parade Mitcham
58 Imani Allaway-Muir 22 Jul-04 3.20pm Roman Way Islington
59 Khloemae Loy 23 Jul-05 10.02am Bugsby’s Way Greenwich
60 Donnell Rhule 18 Jul-08 6.30pm Seeley Drive Dulwich
61 Muhammed Samir Uddin 19 Jul-10 6.00pm Alexia Square Poplar
62 Jahreau Shepherd 30 Jul-11 10.00pm Black Prince Estate Kennington
63 Dean Edwards 43 Jul-12 2.20am Croydon Road Penge
64 Ahmed Yasin-Ali 18 Jul-15 1.06am Elmfield Way Maida Vale
65 Billy McCullagh 27 Jul-16 3.00am Windrush Road Harlesden
66 Peter Petrou 37 Jul-16 10.24pm Victoria Road Kilburn
67 Skender Ismaili 30 Jul-17 4.45am Lytton Avenue Enfield
68 Glenroy Joseph 60 Jul-20 6.00pm Elfwine Road Ealing
69 Elias Biad 5m Jul-22 9.51am Preston Road Wembley
70 Stella Frew 38 Jul-24 5.57pm Tonfield Road Sutton
71 Frank Bulbrook 34 Jul-24 8.52pm Belmont Lane Chislehurst
72 Abraham Haile 56 Jul-28 10.09pm Camden High Street Camden
73 Christopher George 26 Jul-29 8.55pm Sebastopol Road Enfield
74 Nathan Mitra 32 Jul-30 2.47am Green Lane Hounslow
75 Therasia Gordon 44 Aug-06 6.53am Burnt Farm Ride Enfield
76 Esther Egbon 30 Aug-08 12.50pm Whalebone Lane South Dagenham
77 Jeremy Meneses-Chalarca 17 Aug-08 5.38pm Oxford Street Westminster
78 Jeffrey Wegbe 26 Aug-12 0.20am Hansel Road Kilburn
79 Dylan Freeman 10 Aug-16 2.30am Cumberland Park Acton
80 Salem Koudou 20 Aug-20 5.55pm Overton Road Stockwell
81 Yassar Mustakim Moussa 37 Aug-24 1.40pm St James Park Walthamstow
82 Daniel Bytyci 18 Aug-26 6.05pm Montesole Playing Fields Pinner
83 Anthony Adekola 22 Sep-05 23.05pm Debden Close Colindale
84 Sean Williams 34 Sep-06 5.33am Thornsbeach Road Lewisham
85 Suzanne Winnister 66 Sep-08 9.15pm Becketts Close Bexley
86 Anthony Higgins 62 Sep-12 10.07pm Barnhill Road Wembley
87 Nahid Ahmed 26 Sep-13 00.40am Holbrook Close Enfield
88 John Avers 47 Sep-13 11.43pm Whalebone Lane South Dagenham
89 Jaden Christie 20 Sep-15 2.50pm Stockwell Road Stockwell
90 Kamal Nuur 18 Sep-14 8.00pm North Road Islington
91 Loeike Guei 23 Sep-17 6.12am Commonside East Mitcham
92 Matt Ratana 54 Sep-25 2.15am Windmill Road Croydon
93 Patrick Gomes De’Almeida 25 Oct-01 10.57pm London Road Morden
94  Kailash Kuha Raj  Oct-06  00.50am  Clayponds Lane  Brentford 
95  Poorna Kaameshwari Sivarajj 36 Oct-06  00.50am  Clayponds Lane  Brentford 

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