'I'm sorry.' Murderer Roy Webster mouthed the words to his victim's heartbroken family as they filed out of the courtroom and he was led off to begin a life sentence.
Minutes earlier, his barrister had read similar words out in a two-line apology Webster had written.
If his regret meant anything to Anne Shortall's family, it didn't show on their tear-stained faces. Webster had taken her from them when he battered her to death in a frenzied hammer attack two years ago.
He admitted killing her but denied her murder, claiming he "lost control" in response to her threat to tell his wife about their one-night stand.
While the eight-day trial was not long by Central Criminal Court standards, it must have seemed an eternity for Anne's family as her final moments were relived in harrowing detail.
The unanimous verdict came just before lunchtime: guilty of murder.
Webster sat forward in the dock, staring straight ahead with an eyebrow raised and his mouth gaped open.
Glancing from left to right for a few moments without moving, he then shook his head slightly and bowed it.
In the trial's most dramatic moment, lead investigator Detective Sergeant Fergus O'Brien described how Sinead Webster prompted her husband, with their baby boy in her arms: "Have you anything to say that you are not saying...Did you hurt her?"
Webster broke down and confessed: "I hit her with a hammer", and led officers to the body in his workshop.
"She put me under so much pressure, I hit her a couple of blows, a mistake that is after ruining so many lives," he told gardaí. "She had me against the wall. Everything I had worked so hard for."
In custody, Webster told gardaí that when he attacked Anne, it had been like he was "looking down at someone else doing it".
He did not know why he brought the body home, and could only put it down to his "natural instinct".
He insisted to gardaí he never intended to kill Anne and acted in a mixture of "fear and panic".
State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy found Anne had suffered nine blows and died of "blunt force trauma to the head and obstruction of the airways".
Medical evidence showed Anne had not been pregnant and had known this.
When this was revealed to Webster in interview, his response was: "I f***ing knew it."
"People do behave strangely and unpredictably when they think their backs are to the wall," defence barrister Brendan Grehan SC said in his closing speech to the jury.
"It explains why Mr Webster acted in the way that he did, it explains why a good man did a bad thing."
He told the jury members they had to decide whether Webster deserved "that epitaph of murderer as opposed to killer".
The jury made that decision and convicted Roy Webster, not just as a killer but as a murderer.