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Ann and her daughter Amanda Jenkins

Ann and her daughter Amanda Jenkins

Ann and her daughter Amanda Jenkins

The heartbroken mum of a young woman strangled to death by her boyfriend thirteen years ago has revealed that every night she asks God to ensure she doesn't wake up in the morning.

Ann McClean's daughter Amanda Jenkins - known as Mandy - was killed by her partner Stephen Carney at their apartment in Dublin's south inner city in October 2007.

Ann (59) has said that the murder still occupies her every waking thought.

"I might be going into the bedroom to get something and by the time I get there I'll have forgotten what I want as Mandy's death will have come flooding back into my mind.

"I don't do Christmas, I don't do birthdays I don't celebrate anything, I will never have a grandchild, I will never see my daughter get married.

"But I'd give up both of those things if I could have her back, I wouldn't care if neither of those events happened if I could have her back.

'Before I go asleep every night I kiss a picture of her I have on a chain and say 'Goodnight Mandy' then I say. 'Please God don't let me wake up in the morning I just want to be with Mandy.'

"My flat is like a shrine to her there's pictures of her everywhere."

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Amanda Jenkins and Stephen Carney

Amanda Jenkins and Stephen Carney

Amanda Jenkins and Stephen Carney

Ann is adamant that Carney, who has been turned down for parole on a number of occasions, should never walk the streets as a free man again, and has told the parole board as much earlier this year.

"I wrote to them before a hearing in March and said that I don't think this man can ever be rehabilitated and that I feel no woman would ever be safe if he gets out of prison, and I mean that."

Callous killer Carney strangled Mandy on Friday 5 October 2007 before taking money she had in their flat and going on a vodka and cocaine binge.

Cruelly he called Ann to tell her Mandy was ill in bed and promised to look after her.

She recalled: "I had been on the phone to her and she told me he had gone out with friends, I'd hung up just minutes before she died.

"The next day Carney rang me and told me she was ill, and was sleeping and that her phone was turned off.

"I asked him to look after her for me and he promised he would, he knew at that stage she was dead.

"On the Sunday I was listening to the news on the radio and it said a 27 year old woman had been found dead in a flat in James Street and a 32 year old man had been arrested, I knew straight away it was Mandy, others tried to tell me maybe it was someone else but I knew it was her."

Neither Ann or her daughter knew Carney's background before he met Mandy.

It was only after the killing they discovered he had been charged with the manslaughter of a drug addict some years before.

Ann said: "In 1996 he was charged with being part of a gang that attacked a couple of drug addicts in the aftermath of a Concerned Parents meeting, one of the addicts subsequently died and Carney was charged with his manslaughter but convicted of lesser offences and got eight years.

"After Mandy's death, the guards told me they had been watching him and as soon as they said that I said' 'You weren't watching him close enough'.

"I apologised to them as the words just came straight out and the detectives had been brilliant really."

An emotional Ann then revealed how the family was even prevented from saying a proper goodbye to Mandy.

"Carney's counsel requested an independent autopsy on Mandy which delayed the funeral for two weeks and meant we could not touch her body to kiss her goodbye.

"When it went to court I had to give evidence about the last call I made to her and as I went up to the witness box I had to walk really close to where Carney was sitting in the dock.

"That was incredibly hard - really difficult.

"Not once did he show any sign of remorse, not once, he was smiling and winking at members of his family all through the proceedings."

When he was convicted of Mandy's murder, Carney received the mandatory life sentence.

But just thirteen years on, despite a couple of failed parole hearings, he has been allowed what are called 'neutral venue visits' with his family.

Ann remains convinced the system should enforce stricter penalties.

"At the moment, someone given a life term will serve, maybe, 18 years at most.

"But I believe there should be a minimum period of say 25 to 30 years that they should do,

"At some stage, a murderer can walk free from prison but the victim's family are serving a life sentence."

Ann McClean features on the Crimelapse podcast on Monday December 7th

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