The remorseless murderer of a ‘loving mother, wonderful sister and valued family member’ yesterday faced his victim’s sister, who said he deserved no mercy.
Sean Nolan strangled his partner of three months, Amanda Carroll, in her own bed and was yesterday jailed for life for the murder.
Her sister Sandra addressed him directly and told him: ‘May God have no mercy on your soul’, in an emotional victim impact statement at the Central Criminal Court. Earlier, another sister, Antoinette, addressed Nolan from the witness box, raising her voice to say: ‘I can say as a family, if we got the word “sorry” or you showed a little remorse, it might make the huge loss a little bit easier.’
Nolan then replied: ‘I am sorry’.
At this point, another of Amanda Carroll’s sisters began crying aloud and the judge directed that the court rise for 15 minutes.
Nolan, 36, with an address at Ashington Crescent, Navan Road, Dublin, was convicted last week by a majority jury verdict of the murder of Ms Carroll, 33, in her apartment at Homestead Court, Quarry Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, on October 21, 2018.
The electrician had pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter. The couple had met three months previously on the Tinder dating app and Nolan had her name tattooed on his hand, while she had his tattooed on her chest. The trial heard they had gone on a ‘binge-drinking session’ throughout Dublin on the day Ms Carroll died.
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. ‘The family of Ms Carroll were very anxious for this to be communicated to the court and that she shouldn’t just be viewed through the prism of what happened on October 21,’ he said.
Judge Michael MacGrath jailed Nolan for the mandatory life term for murdering the mother-of-two. The sentence was backdated to October 21, 2018, when he went into custody.
The judge said the senseless death brought ‘great tragedy’, grief and sadness to her family and all who knew her.
Ms Carroll’s body was found by her 16-year-old son Dennis Carroll, who had left the house that morning to play football not knowing his mother was dead.
The judge said Dennis Carroll had given evidence and was a young man of great courage, and that he and his younger brother will greatly miss their mother.
Nolan and Ms Carroll were involved in a road collision a few hours before she was killed and both fled the scene before being intercepted.
Nolan’s blood was taken as there was a concern he was drink driving or drug driving. However, after being detained in 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 the neck of the mother-of-two and the other over her mouth – after, he claimed, 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 gardai later.
The jury rejected the defence contention that Nolan was too drunk to have formed the intent to murder Ms Carroll and that what had happened to her was an ‘accidental death’.