A young mother who was fatally stabbed in an incident in the Republic which also led to the death of her husband had tried to leave the country with her children just weeks ago.
Angelique Billing, known as Angie to her friends, had travelled to Dublin Airport along with her daughters Pamela (4) and two-year-old Cornie to fly home to South Africa only two weeks ago, according to friends.
She was prevented from leaving the country after her husband Cornelius reported the children as missing. The 27-year-old, who was living in the country illegally, had earlier presented herself to authorities in the hopes of being deported.
"She did this without telling him and she got as far as Dublin Airport but Cornelius said the kids had been taken and she was turned back at the airport," a friend said.
Angie had also been due to attend court in Co Clare where she hoped to secure a custody order to bring the girls abroad. Friends of the young woman revealed how gardai had been alerted to their concerns on two occasions, including one incident where Mr Billing took his daughters away for a number of days without their mother's consent.
Mr Billing returned to the couple's flat with the children just one day before the tragedy unfolded.
Her friend said: "All she wanted to do was to go back to her mother and step-father. I tried to get her out of the house but she wouldn't leave the kids."