A MAN murdered at his home in Ireland left a strange note speculating that he would die at the hands of his father and brother.
An autopsy on the death of Mark O’Sullivan, 25, showed he had received at least seven body injuries, a number of which were potentially fatal.
The shots came from the rifles used by his father Tadhg, 59, and his younger brother Diarmuid, 23.
Mark’s body was discovered Monday in the family home near Assolas’ farm, just over 4 miles from the market town of Kanturk, north of Cork, Ireland.
The bodies of his father and brother were found in a nearby field. Autopsies revealed that the two men had died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
The alarm was set off by the boys’ mother Ann, who ran to the neighbors for help after hearing the first gunshot shortly after 6 a.m.
The tragic events are believed to have unfolded due to a dispute over the inheritance of the 150-acre family farm.
It has now emerged that Mark, who received his law degree from University College Cork, may have anticipated his death and how the three family members were to die.
The eldest son, who was adored by his mother Ann, left a note in his medicine bag detailing how he believed his father and brother intended to kill him and then on their own.
A source said: “It is possible that he overheard them talking about what they would do because they were so upset that the farm was left to him.
“But it is also possible because of his legal training that he was able to draft the plans with a view to having them on file in the event of future legal proceedings relating to a will and an inheritance. “
INVESTIGATION ON THE “DEATH PACT”
It is not known when the note was placed in Mark’s medication kit for his mother or even if she saw it before the property was searched while investigating the guards following the double suicides and murders.
Gardai is investigating whether Diarmuid, who was due to receive his accounting degree from the Cork Institute of Technology next week, and his father, a mechanic, planned the death pact together.
Their bodies were found close to each other in a field a short distance from the house where Mark’s body lay in a pool of blood.
The guns they used to shoot him and then themselves were found next to them. There were notes in their two pockets, with many details explaining why they engaged in such violence and also describing their wishes after their deaths.
Alcohol was not a factor in the tragic events as none of the three men drank.
Mum Ann, a nurse who worked in Mallow, recently had surgery in Dublin which friends described as extremely serious.
Throughout her medical treatment, she was accompanied by Mark who also took her to a friend’s house to recover. They both returned to the family home on Sunday.
Mum Ann owned the 150 acre farm which was rented to a local farm from which a lucrative rental fee of up to € 30,000 was paid.
She was planning to leave the land to Mark and this decision upset Diarmuid who believed he was losing his inheritance.
The family was split in two with Mark on his mother’s side and the other two feeling completely wronged and upset by the way the inheritance was being handled.
The three bodies were officially identified yesterday by a family friend as the wife and mother Ann was too upset to have been able to do so.
Mark’s body was transported by hearse to a funeral home in Kanturk and the bodies of Diarmuid and Tadhg were taken together to another funeral home also in North Cork City.
It is understood that there will be two separate funerals. After Requiem Mass, Diarmuid and Tadhg will be buried together on the O’Sullivan family land in Castlemagner.
After a separate funeral service, Mark will be buried in Kanturk in his mother’s family plot.
The family have appealed for privacy and are planning a very private and low-key funeral for the next few days.
The tragedy and death of two brothers and their father have both shocked and horrified the tight-knit rural community in which the family has lived their entire lives.
The triple tragedy unfolded early Monday morning when Mark was shot in his bedroom at around 6 a.m.
Ann heard the first shots and ran out of the house without her phone, and despite her weakened condition due to her health, she managed to get to a neighbor’s house to sound the alarm.
Gardai arrived at the farm shortly thereafter and dealt with the situation according to critical firearms protocols.
Describing the chain of events, Superintendent Adrian Gamble said, “Gardai arrived at the farm and throughout the morning he tried to establish contact with anyone in the house.
“Then, shortly after 1:00 pm, members of the Emergency Response Unit approached and entered the house.
“There they found the body of a man in his twenties with gunshot wounds. He was lying dead in a room of the house.
“A search revealed that no other person was present in the house.
“The Garda Air Support Unit helicopter began an aerial search of the adjacent land looking for the other two occupants of the house.
“Around 1:40 pm, two other bodies, a man in his fifties and a man in his twenties, were discovered in neighboring lands. Preliminary indications indicated that both bodies had gunshot wounds.
“The response to critical incidents by the Garda was then suspended.
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“The house and the area where the two bodies were found have been isolated as major crime scenes as Gardai opens a full investigation into the tragedy.
Gardai recovered two rifles where Tadhg and Diarmuid were found and a shotgun which does not appear to have been unloaded. All weapons were authorized and legally owned by family members.
A file will now be prepared for the coroner’s court and for the Director of Public Prosecutions.