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Gardai scour lake for rapist’s severed head

Garda diver
Garda diver

The Garda Water Unit are scouring a lake for the missing severed head of serial rapist James Nolan, who was murdered almost seven-years ago.

The divers spent yesterday searching Lough Naglack on the outskirts of Carrickmacross in Co Monaghan, in the hope of locating the sex beast’s skull.

The searches were launched several months ago following revelations from a suicide letter written by Nolan’s brother Thomas, who has since taken his own life.

In the 21 page letter, which was sent to family members, Thomas Nolan claimed responsibility for the Finglas sex beast’s death.

The letter states Nolan was strangled to death in Glasnevin Cemetery before his body was brought to a house in north Dublin and gruesomely hacked up.

It is understood that Nolan's severed arm, found washed up at Dollymount Strand, had been thrown into the Tolka River and then flowed out to sea.

It is believed that James Nolan's dismembered body parts are scattered around different parts of the country, including at Tolka Valley Park in Finglas, where his torso was discovered by gardai on April 10.

A "mainly intact" torso was discovered about 1ft beneath the ground in Tolka Valley Park on April 10.

Specialist cadaver dogs were brought in from the UK to help in the Finglas search.

In 1986, Nolan was jailed for 14 years when he was convicted of rape and false imprisonment.

The rape is considered one of the most savage to ever happen in Ireland and the victim was brutally attacked in front of her partner.