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Emotional interview Former partner of murdered dad Brian Phelan says sick knife killer Dan Carroll deserves death

'As far as I am concerned it's an eye for an eye. I just want the b*****d to die'

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Amanda O’Riordan with her two children yesterday at the grave of their father Brian Phelan

Amanda O’Riordan with her two children yesterday at the grave of their father Brian Phelan

Amanda O’Riordan with her two children yesterday at the grave of their father Brian Phelan

The former partner of murdered dad Brian Phelan has said that his killer deserves nothing more than the agonising death he inflicted on his victim.

And Amanda O'Riordan, the mother of his Brian's two children, says she won't rest until revenge is served on knife killer Dan Carroll.

Last week, psycho Carroll was found guilty of the sickening and senseless murder of Brian, who was stabbed twice in the chest and three times in the neck by the man he had only met 10 days earlier.

A motive for the blood-soaked killing has never been established but the victim's former partner Amanda O'Riordan says she believes it was simply the actions of an evil, twisted psychopath who she is determined to make pay for his actions.

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Amanda O'Riordan pictured at Brian Phelan's grave side

Amanda O'Riordan pictured at Brian Phelan's grave side

Amanda O'Riordan pictured at Brian Phelan's grave side

 

Brian, a 33-year-old bricklayer from Bessbrook, was murdered in the Camlough Mountains, south Armagh, in July 2018.

In an emotional and exclusive interview with the Sunday World in the wake of his murder conviction, she says she dreams of the day she hears Carroll has died, terrified, in the most savage circumstances.

"I want revenge, as far as I am concerned it's an eye for an eye. If I had anything to do with it I would make sure he got what he deserves and more. I just want the bastard to die," Amanda told Sunday World.

"If I got a phone call tomorrow to say he had been stabbed to death I would hold the biggest street party. I would party for a week and I would s**t on his grave.

"He has destroyed my children's lives - when he put a knife into Brian he put a knife into my children's childhoods."

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Killer Daniel Carroll still maintains his innocence

Killer Daniel Carroll still maintains his innocence

Killer Daniel Carroll still maintains his innocence

 

In a brutally honest and raw interview, Amanda told the Sunday World she wants the man who killed the father of her children to suffer an agonising end.

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Amanda says her emotions since her ex-partner and close friend died has been like a rollercoaster. She is fuelled by anger because of the suffering inflicted on her traumatised children who are still receiving counselling.

"One minute I am numb and then I am like a lunatic filled with so much anger," she said.

"My children are in pain every day and I have to sit back and watch that - and that kills me.

"My nine-year-old son can't even be left in a car on his own for a second, you can't close doors. He is terrified that I am going to get killed too, that's what that bastard Carroll did to my boy.

"I hope he gets tortured every single day. I hope everything he did will start to play on his mind, what he did to that poor man. He robbed him as he lay dying, he left Brian there in a way you wouldn't even consider leaving an animal."

Amanda and Brian's mother had to listen to and watch the final gut-wrenching moments of their loved one's life in court over the past few weeks. Hear his desperate pleas for help, his fear and his most heartbreaking of final terrified words - "I'm dying".

"Traumatised is not the word to describe what we witnessed and had to listen to in that court. The feelings I have all come in waves. Haunted is not a strong enough word either.

"I will never be able to forget his last words, I will never be able to forget the images of him lying there bleeding to death.

"But one thing that will never leave me is watching that cowardly bastard Carroll going through Brain's pockets as he lay there bleeding to death, terrified, before he stole his car and left him there to die in some garden.

"In one of the injuries he was stabbed through the left hand side of his neck and it came through the back of his right hand side, that was the force."

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Brian Phelan

Brian Phelan

Brian Phelan

 

The former couple's children were never far from her mind during this week's guilty verdict.

"All I could think about was that our poor children are going to have to listen to all of this when they are older and it will shatter them all over again and I won't be able to stop it with the internet and that.

"I was thinking of his last moments and what they would have been like, what was he thinking? I will never be the same, I have changed and so have my children."

The mother of Georgia (9) and Brian (6) believes her former partner was lured to his death but she still does not know the reason.

"He tried to get Brian up the mountain a couple of times with some story about quads but when he rang Brian and he was with people he cancelled. He wanted him on his own, it was premeditated murder.

"I would love to look him in the eye and ask him why. They had only known each other for ten days after Brian bought a van off him. I just don't know the answer, but I do know he went up there armed and with a change of clothes."

The Newry woman says it was only a matter of time before the 30-year-old became a killer, prone to violence against the vulnerable at a young age.

"He was a down and out rat. He's a junkie bastard - domestic violence, kidnap and sexual assault of that poor girl he dragged of the street. It was only a matter of time before he upgraded to murder.

"Brian was a loving, caring man. We split up but we were always friends, we still loved each other. He had a heart of gold, everyone loved him.

"He was never in trouble, a big softie and that is why he was picked by that f**ker. Carroll is a cowardly rat, he was not going to bring up some buff guy up to the mountain. He picks on the vulnerable but he's not that big himself without weapons, he got beat up in jail there and he cried like a bitch."

paula.mackin@sundayworld.com

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