Mother and Child 'Dead for Some Time' in Brentford Flat

Man died shortly after police entered flat on Clayponds Lane

Poorna Kaameshwari Sivaraj and Kailash Kuha Raj
Poorna Kaameshwari Sivaraj and Kailash Kuha Raj. Picture: Met Police


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More details have been released of the circumstances in which three people were found dead in Brentford this Tuesday (6 October).

The police now believe that Poorna Kaameshwari Sivaraj, a 36-year-old woman, and her son, three-year-old Kailash Kuha Raj has been dead for some time in their flat in Golden Mile House on Clayponds Lane.

Police initially received a call late on Sunday, 4 October from a family member raising concerns about the welfare of Poorna. They called at the address several times in the early hours of Monday, 5 October but received no reply. From talking to neighbours as the day progressed, concerns heightened and a decision was made to force entry which they did so at 12.50am.

As well as the two bodies they found a 42-year-old man suffering stab injuries which he is believed to have inflicted on himself as the police came into the flat. Despite the best efforts of officers and London Ambulance Service (LAS), he died at the scene. He has been identified as Kuha Raj Sithamparanathan and was married to Poorna and the father of Kailash. Next of kin have been informed.

Forensics officers arrive at the scene
Forensics officers arrive at the scene

The family cockapoo dog is also believed to have been found dead at the scene.

The couple moved to Brentford from Malaysia where they got married in 2015.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command leads the investigation and 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 the 21 September.

“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.

“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.”

An ambulance and forensics tent outside the apartment
An ambulance and forensics tent outside the apartment

West Area BCU Commander, Peter Gardner said, “This horrific incident has understandably caused enormous shock and concern among local residents and across the borough; all our thoughts are with the family and friends of those affected. I would like to thank our officers and paramedics from the LAS who worked tirelessly and professionally under extremely traumatic circumstances in responding to this incident.

“Our officers in the West Area Command Unit are doing everything they can to support colleagues in Specialist Crime as we work to understand what has led to this terrible incident. Local residents can expect to see officers at the scene and patrolling the local area to provide reassurance, and if they have any concerns, I would urge them to speak to our officers.”

The Directorate of Professional Standards has made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct as it is believed the Kuha Raj Sithamparanathan fatally injured himself when officers entered the property.

Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth said, ‘‘This is extremely sad and shocking news. I know that everyone here in Brentford and across our local area will be sending their thoughts to the victims’ family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

"I’d like to thank our police officers for responding and I understand that enquires are continuing."

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency at Hounslow Council said, “We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of the deaths of three people in Brentford. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims, and the residents of Clayponds Lane.

“The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our primary concern and Hounslow Council is on standby to help in any way we can. Residents who would like to talk to someone should visit our website where you will find information about mental health services and phone numbers you can call.”

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the incident room on 0208 721 4205 or via 101 quoting CAD7365/6Oct.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


October 9, 2020

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