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01st Sep 2016

Gardai examining Cavan murder-suicide find a cryptic message on 13-year-old’s phone

Cassie Delaney

The horrendous murder of Clodagh Hawe and her three children at the hands of her husband, Alan, has shocked the nation to its core.

Gardaí are still trying to pinpoint a motive for the murder-suicide of the couple and their three kids – Liam (aged 13), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) – in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan at the weekend.

Authorities are certain that the father, Alan Hawe, a local school vice principal, killed his family before taking his own life.

Reports have also revealed that a sealed note was discovered within the home and has been obtained by investigators.

Now new reports from The Mirror indicate that the phones of the deceased are being examined.

Most interestingly, the last text message from teen Liam reads: “From evil comes good.”

According to the reports, Liam sent and saved the message on the day of the heinous crime.

The phone will be subjected to a forensics electronic search and examination for clues to life inside the Hawe home.

As criticism pours in for the news outlets describing father Alan Hawe as a “pillar of the community,” investigators reveal that specialists are examining the reality of life inside the Hawe home.

A source told The Mirror:

“A major theory at this stage is that Alan Hawe may have positioned himself as the controller inside the home – a very different role to his role of background man outside the home.”

“The theory in this case was that Alan Hawe was the controller and his wife and children, the controlled.”

Reports now suggest that Clodagh struggled with serious emotional lows following the deaths of her brother 10 years ago and her brother-in-law just over a year ago.

The family will be buried together this Saturday at St Mary’s Church, Castlerahan.

A statement from Anne Foley, Principal of Castlerahan National School and Alan’s workplace reads in part:

“Alan was a valued member of our school staff and community. Niall and Ryan were pupils in our school and Liam was a past pupil. They were wonderful children who will be greatly missed by all who knew them.”