Sunday 22 October 2017

Torso of murdered rapist found buried in park

The grim discovery of the remains of James Nolan was made at an embankment in Tolka Valley Park in Finglas. Photo: Collins
The grim discovery of the remains of James Nolan was made at an embankment in Tolka Valley Park in Finglas. Photo: Collins

Ken Foy

The torso of a convicted rapist who was murdered almost seven years ago was found by gardaí searching for his remains in a north Dublin park.

The grim discovery of the remains of James Nolan was made at an embankment in Tolka Valley Park in Finglas shortly before 2pm yesterday.

The case of Nolan's suspected murder first came to public prominence when his arm was washed up on Dollymount Strand in 2011.

Gardaí have been searching at the Finglas location since April 1 and are expected to continue looking for the rest of the murdered rapist's remains in the coming days.

Yesterday's discovery was made by officers who were working with specially trained dogs and machinery.

"The torso was reasonably well buried in the embankment but not buried that deeply," a senior source said last night.

State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy is due to carry out a post-mortem on the remains this morning.

It was previously revealed that gardaí had planned to carry out a dig in the north Dublin park because of details left in a 21-page suicide letter written by Nolan's killer and sent to family members.

Sources said that yesterday's torso discovery was made at almost exactly the same location described in the lengthy letter.

The letter states that Nolan was strangled to death by his killer in Glasnevin Cemetery.

The killer then disposed of most of Nolan's body parts in Co Monaghan and at Tolka Valley Park.

Gardaí have been searching the park for over a week.

Specialist equipment and a cadaver dog are being used to support the search.

It is understood Nolan's severed arm, which was found washed up at Dollymount Strand, had been originally thrown into the Tolka River and then washed out to sea.

Irish Independent

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