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Violent thug Killer Daniel Murtagh boasted about his angry outbursts before murdering Nadine Lott

'It’s great when ye do a round on the boxing bag and picture some1’s face on it, and nearly take the f****ng thing off the wall'

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Daniel Murtagh

Daniel Murtagh

Daniel Murtagh

Convicted killer Daniel Murtagh publicly boasted about his extreme bouts of anger, which included visualising a person’s face on a punch bag.

The violent thug and boxer had come to garda attention several times before he moved to Australia in 2011, where he met Nadine Lott.

The couple returned to Ireland in 2013 and Nadine gave birth to their baby girl, but they had separated before her murder – despite the killer claiming they had an “under the radar” relationship.

When he was first charged in relation to the investigation in December 2019, senior gardaí had such concerns about him fleeing the country or interfering with key witnesses that they objected to any form of bail being granted.

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Nadine Lott

Nadine Lott

Nadine Lott

 

It emerged Murtagh was first arrested in 2006 for intoxication in a public place, while later being convicted of public order offences, in 2008 and 2011. He also had a previous conviction for failing to appear in court.

Gardaí argued that a history of offending while under the influence of alcohol and drugs was one of several grounds to refuse him bail.

They stated that he had built up a large number of contacts while living in Australia and could flee the jurisdiction.

There was also, gardaí said, animosity between Murtagh and Nadine’s family, which was grounds for concern.

The strength of the garda objections ensured Murtagh would stay in custody for nearly two years while awaiting trial for murder. His conviction means he will remain there for much longer.

Murtagh had also boasted on his social media platforms about his violent thoughts.

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In one Twitter post in December 2014, he wrote: “It’s great when ye do a round on the boxing bag and picture some1’s face on it, and nearly take the f****ng thing off the wall.”

Superintendent Declan McCarthy said the verdict was important in the context of violent crime while intoxicated. He said he had not seen the level of violence used by Murtagh in almost 40 years of policing.

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