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Teacher wrote three-page note saying why he killed wife and sons in axe attack

Alan Hawe with his wife Clodagh and their children Liam, 13, Niall, 11 and Ryan, six (Picture: PA)
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By admin , in UK , at December 20, 2017

Nicole Morley

Teacher wrote three-page note saying why he killed wife and sons in axe attack
Alan Hawe with his wife Clodagh and their children Liam, 13, Niall, 11 and Ryan, six (Picture: PA)

A deputy headteacher wrote a three-page letter to explain why he killed his wife and three sons with an axe and two knives.

The handwritten note, penned by Alan Hawe details his motive for killing wife Clodagh Hawe, 39, Liam, 14, Niall, 11, and six-year-old Ryan.

The note written before the murder-suicide was left unread at an inquest into their deaths.

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It’s believed it referred to his ‘fall from grace’, but was handed to a coroner’s jury and not made public.

The 39-year-old father-of-three was dreading the prospect of a marriage breakdown and was facing a ‘fall’ from his position as a pillar of the community, his wife’s family said.

Mrs Hawe, 40, who was found in her pyjamas and dressing gown on the sitting room sofa, had suffered axe and stab wounds.

The boys, who were found upstairs in their beds, suffered stab wounds.

Teacher wrote three-page note saying why he killed wife and sons in axe attack
Coffins are taken to hearses at the scene in Oakdene (Picture: PA)
Alan Hawe
Clodagh Hawe’s mother Mary Coll (left) and sister Jacqueline Connelly arrive at Cavan Court House for the inquest into the deaths of the Hawe family last year (Picture: PA)

An inquest into their deaths in Cavan courthouse heard Mr Hawe was troubled, depressed and severely mentally ill in the months before the deaths.

He took his own life after killing his wife and three boys.

The jury, made up of six women and one man, concluded that Hawe’s wife and sons had all been unlawfully killed in their home in August 2016.

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His suicide note, along with medical records and counselling notes have revealed that Hawes had been hiding a diagnosis of medical illness.

However, Hawe’s parents have said the diagnosis of his depression does not ease the pain.

Stephen and Olive Hawe, the vice-principal’s parents, said the inquest has shed some light on the murder-suicide after 16 months struggling to comprehend what happened in the family home.

‘Last August we received news no family should ever have to hear,’ they said.

‘In one night we lost three beautiful grandchildren, a beloved daughter-in-law and our son Alan.

Teacher wrote three-page note saying why he killed wife and sons in axe attack
Coronor Dr Mary Flanagan arrives at Cavan Court House for the inquest into the deaths of the Hawe family last year (Picture: PA)

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‘Death’s dark door opened and we have struggled over the last 16 months to comprehend how this came to pass.’

In a statement issued through their solicitors, they added: ‘We have had some light shed upon that darkness with the insight gained from thorough examination of the report of Professor Harry Kennedy and his opinion that Alan suffered from severe depressive illness.

‘It does not make the pain and loss any easier for us.’

 last year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 18, 2017. Alan Hawe, a deputy principal, his schoolteacher wife Clodagh and their three children Liam, 13, Niall, 11, and Ryan, six, were found dead in their home near Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan on the morning of Monday August 29 2016. See PA story INQUEST Hawe Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Clodagh Hawe’s mother Mary Coll arrives at Cavan Court House for the inquest into the deaths of the Hawe family (Picture: PA)

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