THE mother of victim Alan Nolan's spoke outside court on behalf of her husband, Tony Nolan, their family and the Carroll family.
"I’d just like to say how saddened we are that Alan isn’t with us today. But we’re also very happy that James Carroll did survive and is here, and his story was believed in court," Marian Nolan said.
"I just can’t express the loss of Alan to us all, as a child, as a brother and as a friend. Life will not ever be the same."
Mrs Nolan paraphrased a poem by W H Auden, which she felt summed up her son and how the family felt:
"Alan was truly our north, our south, our east and west,
Our working week and Sunday rest."
However, she said that thanks to Martin Tolan,
"The stars are not wanted now; put out everyone,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good."