A 36-year-old man has been found guilty of the murder of his partner in Dublin two years ago.

Sean Nolan, with an address at Ashington Crescent, Navan Road in Dublin, was convicted by a jury by a majority verdict this afternoon.

Sean Nolan

Amanda Carroll was strangled to death at her home in Homestead Court, Quarry Road, in Cabra on 21 October, 2018.

The 33-year-old's body was discovered in her bedroom the following afternoon by her then 16-year-old son, who had left the house that morning to play football not knowing that his mother was dead.

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The court heard the couple had a volatile relationship, with much consumption of alcohol, and had been on a binge drinking session the day Ms Carroll was murdered.

They had earlier crashed a car and Nolan was arrested.

They continued drinking after he was released from Mountjoy Garda Station and went back to Ms Carroll's home in Cabra.

Nolan admitted to gardaí that he had put his hand over her mouth when they were in bed that night.

He claimed she had called him the name of her ex-boyfriend, tried to hit him and said she never loved him. 

Nolan also said he knew she was dead when he woke up in her bed the following morning and panicked and ran out of the apartment.

He insisted he had not intended to kill or cause serious harm, but the prosecution pointed out that he had put his hand around Ms Carroll's neck for 20 seconds and there was no suggestion she had died by accident.

Nolan admitted manslaughter, but after deliberating for eight hours and eight minutes over five days the jury found him guilty of murder by a majority verdict.

He did not react to the verdict, but Ms Carroll's family could be heard to say "yes".

Nolan was remanded in custody for sentencing next Wednesday and faces the mandatory term of life in prison.