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Sean Nolan and Amanda Carroll

Sean Nolan and Amanda Carroll

Sean Nolan and Amanda Carroll

A murderer who strangled his partner of three months in her own bed told her family "I'm sorry" after he was addressed directly by his victim's sister.

Sandra Carroll delivered an emotional victim impact statement at the Central Criminal Court yesterday, where Sean Nolan was jailed for life for the murder of mother-of-two Amanda Carroll.

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Amanda Carroll's family; Sandra, her sister, Willie, her father, Antoinette, her sister, and Willie Jr., her brother, outside court after Sean Nolan was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Amanda

Amanda Carroll's family; Sandra, her sister, Willie, her father, Antoinette, her sister, and Willie Jr., her brother, outside court after Sean Nolan was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Amanda

Amanda Carroll's family; Sandra, her sister, Willie, her father, Antoinette, her sister, and Willie Jr., her brother, outside court after Sean Nolan was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Amanda

Sandra said she had suffered with "nightmares, uncontrollable anxiety and the awful flashbacks of what happened to Amanda".

Sandra began to raise her voice as she looked in the direction of Nolan and shouted: "I live in constant fear that the same thing will happen to my sons and daughters.

"Maybe if me and my family had heard the word sorry, this terrible blow would be softened a tiny little bit and might make life a little bit more bearable."

Mercy

Sandra finished her statement by shouting at the accused: "May God have no mercy on your soul."

Earlier, another of the victim's sisters, Antoinette Carroll, addressed Nolan from the witness box, telling him: "I can say as a family if we got the word sorry or showed a little remorse, it might make the huge loss a little bit easier."

Nolan then interjected, saying: "I am sorry."

At this point, another of Amanda Carroll's sisters began crying in the body of the courtroom and the judge directed the court rise for 15 minutes.

Nolan (36), with an address at Ashington Crescent, Navan Road in Dublin, was convicted last week of the murder of Ms Carroll (33) in her apartment at Quarry Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, on October 21, 2018.

The electrician had pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to her manslaughter.

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It emerged during the trial the couple had met three months previously on Tinder.

The trial heard they had gone on a "binge drinking session" on the day Ms Carroll died.

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Amanda with Sean Nolan

Amanda with Sean Nolan

Amanda with Sean Nolan

Detective Inspector Aidan Flanagan yesterday agreed with prosecuting counsel Shane Costelloe SC that Ms Carroll's family had expressed their "sadness and disappointment" arising out of the criminal proceedings, which they said did not portray the full picture of the deceased.

Mr Costelloe said Ms Carroll was a "loving mother, wonderful sister and valued family member", who was involved in the care of her father and cared for her two children.

Mr Justice Michael MacGrath sentenced Nolan to the mandatory term of life imprisonment.

The sentence was backdated to October 21, 2018, when he went into custody.

The accused and Ms Carroll were involved in a road traffic collision a few hours before she was killed and both fled the scene before being intercepted.

Nolan's bloods were taken as there was a concern he was drink-driving or drug-driving.

However, after being detained at Mountjoy garda station for a couple of hours, the pair's drinking session continued into the night.

When the couple returned to Ms Carroll's apartment that night Nolan put one hand on her neck and the other over her mouth after he said she called him by the name of her ex-boyfriend, said she never loved him and tried to hit him.

"I was angry. I just wanted her to go asleep and stop," Nolan had told gardaí.

The jury rejected the defence's contention that Nolan was too drunk to have formed the intent to murder Ms Carroll and what had happened was an "accidental death".

Hard

As Nolan was led away by prison officers, members of Ms Carroll's family shouted at him: "rot in hell you monster" and "have a nice trip".

Outside the court, Amanda's brother Gerard said: "It has been extremely hard for my father and it hasn't been easy for her two children. But as a family we always stick together and get through hard times and this will be no different."


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